The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports:
A planned fundraiser at a Guerneville winery by a conservative social media figure charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is raising eyebrows for some and angering others. Brandon Straka, a conservative media darling, plans to hold the event Saturday at Rio Crest Winery and charge guests $100 to $150 for admission, according to event postings online.
For many residents of Guerneville, known for its live-out-loud social acceptance, Straka’s arrival is not welcome. The timing is particularly concerning, not only because of the televised hearings, but also because it comes during Lazy Bear Week, one of the town’s biggest annual celebrations of gay culture — “on a weekend that is all about love,” one local said.
Multiple calls to Rio Crest Winery and to its owners on Friday and Tuesday were not returned. In a private email provided to The Press Democrat by one critic, Rio Crest owner Kevin Brown expressed alarm by how what had been planned as “a quite, private gathering of friends” had exploded, with dozens of phone calls and threats.
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Straka’s invitation to the event includes an asterisked plea not to reveal the name of the venue.
Last month Straka emailed a desperate money beg, claiming “leftist activists have annihilated me financially.”
The next day, Straka sent another email blast, writing that his email was “the source of multiple news stories, claiming I was ‘crying’ about what the left has done to me and ‘begging’ for money.”
In fact, an internet search showed that his June money beg was only reported on by yours truly.
Despite his claim of “financial annihilation,” a crowdfunding drive currently shows that over $178,000 has been raised for Straka’s legal defense. Donations by check are also being solicited to a rented mailbox in Spanish Harlem.
Now let’s see what Guerneville does with this.
A leaked plan for a secret event has upset locals in liberal west Sonoma County. https://t.co/y0HUfON8ie
— The Press Democrat (@NorthBayNews) July 28, 2021
This Saturday insurrectionist & “conservative” media darling Brandon Straka will hold a fundraiser in Guerneville, CA to cover expenses after his arrest for participating in the Jan.6 attempted coup. Who supports this fascist traitor? Rio Crest Winery owner Kevin Brown?
— Deb Nitasaka (@pinkuredi) July 28, 2021