Rick Perry to Headline California GOP Convention

Monday, 19 Aug 2013 05:56 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry will headline the California GOP convention this fall — a move expected to fuel speculation he's considering another run for the White House in 2016.

The Republican governor, who announced last month he won't seek re-election in Texas next year, will speak to delegates at the keynote dinner in Anaheim, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The statewide convention attracts more than 1,000 activists, donors and office holders from around California; Perry is expected to address the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 White House race.

He lost a presidential bid in 2012.

"I’d say the tremendous amount of success the state of Texas has had under Gov. Perry’s leadership, not only promoting job growth but also providing more opportunities for entrepreneurs, is something California Republicans not only can respect, but would hope our own Legislature would start to emulate," party spokesman Mark Standriff told Politico.

Delegates at the three day gathering from Oct. 4-6 also will hear from RNC co-chair Sharon Day, who’s a leader in the "Women on the Right Unite" initiative to elect more Republican women to office, and Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Standriff said.

California is a rich source both for campaign cash and, in presidential elections, electoral votes, with 55 of the necessary 270 at stake. Democrats hold a nearly 15-point edge in voter registration, however. The last Republican to carry California was George H.W. Bush, in 1988.

Perry visited California earlier this year for meetings with business leader following his advertisements to lure businesses – and jobs — to Texas. He’s run similar ads in Illinois and New York.

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