New York City isn’t exactly known for an abundance of conservative residents, but that hasn’t stopped a war from breaking out among dueling right-leaning meetings. For years the monthly Monday Meeting has been the premier gathering for conservatives in the five boroughs, drawing Republican politicians, presidential candidates and pundits. However, one of the meeting’s founders has split off and created his own gathering that, according to one tipster, is leading to “confusion” among “well-intentioned” conservatives.
David Malpass said he first met Rick Perry when the Texas governor came to New York to address the Manhattan G.O.P’s Lincoln Day Dinner in June, and met with him again when he returned in September for some fundraisers.
“I was struck by his capability of creating an upheaval in Washington’s culture,” Mr. Malpass said of those meetings.
This morning Mike Allen reported that Mr. Malpass signed on as one of a half-dozen key economic advisers to Mr. Perry, just as Mr. Perry prepared to roll out a major plank of his economic platform this afternoon, one that called for a 20% flat tax on income.