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Portland Tribune: Multnomah GOP Says Lincoln Day Gun Raffle 'Misunderstood'

Multnomah County Republican Party officials said Monday that they hope to find a new place to host their Lincoln Day Dinner and were unhappy that their raffle for a semi-automatic rifle and a message of personal freedom and liberty were “misunderstood.”

Local party officials sent a press release Monday morning, Jan. 20, saying their Feb. 15 Lincoln Day Dinner would go ahead as planned after the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church backed out as the venue because of a controversy surrounding the rifle raffle. The party is in talks with another venue to host the dinner, which will feature the Rev. Rafael Cruz, father of Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

The party originally only planned to sell 500 tickets for the raffle, but may sell more because of the drawing’s popularity. The winner has the option of an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle or a handgun.

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