The speakers lineup for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which begins Wednesday in Maryland, is stuffed with folks from one end of the political marquee.
The president and vice president will be there.
The president of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, is on the lineup posted on the event’s website, though his appearance hasn’t been highly touted for reasons that are perhaps apparent.
Also on the lineup: A man who wanted to be president, Sen. Ted Cruz, and a man in a trademark cowboy hat, former Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke Jr.
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Conservative media stars will hold forth — Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Jeanine Pirro.
Folks are coming from across the pond: Nigel Farage, the prime architect of Brexit, and Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of Front National leader Marine Le Pen, the party that lost last year’s presidential elections to liberal Emmanuel Macron.
And then there’s the guy from “Pawn Stars.”
Rick Harrison co-owns Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, featured in the History channel’s reality show since 2009.
To people who have not seen him on Fox News, fans might not know Rick Harrison’s politics, or understand why he’s the only Hollywood-adjacent celebrity on the lineup.
(Alas, the Andrew McCarthy listed there is not that Andrew McCarthy.)
Harrison has talked publicly about his politics since the last presidential election when he endorsed Marco Rubio, even spoke on his behalf at a rally in North Las Vegas.
Rubio was the first politician he’d ever endorsed, said Harrison, who is described in some online biographies as a libertarian.
He told CNN in October 2015 that he knew the risks — “when you endorse a Republican, everyone sort of frowns on you.”
But he liked Rubio, who he said understood what it was like to live paycheck-to-paycheck.
“I got invited to a political thing in town and we got to talking ... I was deeply impressed,” he told CNN.
“It was the first time I sat down with a politician that long and it wasn't ‘the party, the party, the party.’ All he was talking about was people. Quite frankly, I've never had a politician talk like that.”
At the time, Harrison had never met Trump.
“I'm sure he's a nice guy,” he told CNN. “I don't think he's going to relate to me or anybody else in here because when he grew up and asked his parents, ‘Can we get that?’ He never once in his life heard from his parents, ‘We can’t afford that, son.’”
When Rubio’s shot at the Oval Office derailed, Harrison hitched a ride on the Trump train and spoke publicly on his behalf, too.
“People ask me why do I support Trump,” Harrison said at Trump rally in Las Vegas during the campaign. “There’s one reason I support Trump. I’ve got six kids and I got three grandkids and I can’t imagine a world with Hillary Clinton.”
Five months later, he told Fox Business he was still happy with his choice.