"On the eve of such an exciting election year in
D'Souza is the creator of the popular documentary "2016: Obama's America" and a
He faces up to 16 months in prison.
D'Souza's sentencing in
Lucas said he was unfamiliar with D'Souza's "timeline on his situation" but confirmed the party booked him within the last month.
"I think any issues with
The announcement of D'Souza headlining the event drew sharp criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.
"Neither the campaign or Shelley had any knowledge of the decision to invite D'souza to speak nor do we agree with the invitation," spokeswoman
"Shelley will not be attending the event and she will not allow her name to be associated with the event in any way."
"While it is an insult to West Virginians, it is no surprise that the
Democrats and Republicans repeatedly accuse each other of relying heavily on out-of-state political donations for several races this election cycle.
In June, D'Souza told the Daily Caller going to prison is "something that I have to cope with."
"It's certainly not an inevitability. It is in the hands of a judge who will make a decision about that at the end of September. I did something foolish and wrong, which is to say I exceeded the campaign finance limit and I take responsibility for that," he told the online publication.
Lucas called him a "warrior for more than 20 years for conservative values" in the press release announcing D'Souza's visit.
"He is a brilliant academic, but his popular books and film making show his unique ability to make the news of the day digestible and powerful to voters and citizens nationwide. We are proud to bring him to
The "Victory Dinner" will still take place sometime in September or October, Lucas said.
"We want to make sure that all West Virginians are excited, much like they have been in the past for the event and as they will continue to be in the future," Lucas said.
He didn't say if the party had a new keynote speaker in mind.
The general election is
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