The parties at Conservative Political Action Conferences have become the stuff of legend, and the sordid, booze-filled life of Matt Schlapp.
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Matt Schlapp and his wife Mercedes have a long reputation of being the conservative darlings of Washington, D.C.
They are known for the lavish shindigs at their Virginia mansion with an array of cocktails and line-up of some of the most influential figures on the right.
The parties at Conservative Political Action Conferences have become stuff of legend – with late nights in hotel suites, drunken arguments and on-the-nose comments that would lead to being ‘cancelled’ if made in public.
But in recent months their presence and image in the nation’s capital has taken a hit because of misconduct allegations against Matt Schlapp.
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American Conservative Union treasurer Bob Beauprez, one of the leaders of CPAC, resigned this week over payments made in Schlapp’s defense in a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.
Republican staffer Carlton Huffman claimed Schlapp grabbed his crotch during a night of drinking while they were on the campaign trail with Herschel Walker in Georgia in January.
Schlapp has denied the allegations, but the claims have sent ripples through the organization that puts on the biggest conservative conferences – and parties – of the year.
His rise through the Washington media, political and social circles is detailed in Washington Post reporter Ben Terris’s upcoming book being released June 6, The Big Break: The Gamblers, Party Animals, and True Believers Trying to Win in Washington While America Loses Its Mind.
It details a Christmas party at the 10,000-square-foot Virginia home of Matt and Mercedes Schlapp attended by Trump administration staffers, Matt Gaetz and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Terris also delves into Matt’s upbringing in Kansas, dominated by a ‘difficult relationship’ with his ‘distant’ alcoholic father.
He then became one of Trump’s most ardent supporters and was on the front lines as his team of lawyers tried to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.
Matt arrived in Washington after winning a House race for former Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt and then joined George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.
He was part of the crew known as the ‘Brookes Brothers riot’ that showed up outside a Miami-Dade County to demand an end to the ballot recount in the race against Al Gore.
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