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Alan GraysonAmericans for Prosperity is holding its 7th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit at Universal Studios Resort in Orlando, Fla., this Friday and Saturday — and in doing so, has managed to draw the ire of U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.

For the first time, the summit is being held outside of Washington, D.C., at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando and will also include the 2013 Right Online Conference, an Americans for Prosperity Foundation project that counters the left-wing Netroots Nation. Right Online is seen as the premier conference for conservative bloggers, social media gurus and online activists.

The high-profile lineup includes some of the most popular conservatives in the country, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and will feature Florida Gov. Rick Scott as a keynote speaker.

Additional speakers include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sens. Ted Cruz, and Ron Johnson, media personalities Michelle Malkin, David Horowitz, Bill Whittle and Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld.

With the festivities taking place in Grayson’s back yard, literally — he lives just minutes away — the bombastic “progressive” ideologue will take to the streets, according to Sunshine State News.

“The governor and the senator have relentlessly been attempting to keep Obamacare out of our state and deny millions of Floridians comprehensive and affordable health care,” Stephanie Porta, executive director of Organize Now, told Sunshine State News. “This is not ‘defending the American dream.’”

Porta’s group will hold a rally protesting the summit which Grayson apparently will participate in.

Organize Now is the successor to now-defunct ACORN Florida and is closely linked to Mr. Grayson’s district director Susannah Randolph, a former political director for ACORN national.

Florida for All, a second progressive organization, is also planning to participate. This group is new to the scene and is headed up by Carlos Odio, former deputy associate director of the White House Office of Political Affairs.

According to an event page set up on Facebook, the protest is scheduled to take place Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Kirkman Rd. and Major Blvd., which is the front entrance to Universal Studios.

Tom Tillison

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