The Multnomah County Republican party is looking for a new place to hold its annual Lincoln Day fundraising dinner after the Church where they were going to hold it canceled the contract.
“We have nothing but respect for them,” said County Chairman Jeff Reynolds. “We understand they got much more than they bargained for. There is no ill will.”
Reynolds said they were notified by the church on Friday. Messages and emails to church leaders Friday night were not returned
The dinner became the center of controversy when the party announced that as part of the dinner at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, they would be auctioning off an AR-15 semi-automatic in honor of “two great Republicans” – Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.
Both men were assassinated with guns.
Reynolds told KATU he did not want to discuss what role the rifle auction played in the controversy.
“I really don’t want to talk about it anymore,” he told KATU. “We’re moving forward.
Reynolds told KATU that they hope to be able to announce a new location for the dinner and raffle as early as this weekend.