Gingrich will keynote the lunch on Saturday, Feb. 25, just a few days before the Feb. 28 primaries in Arizona and Michigan. California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said he expects Gingrich might also do a fundraiser in California before returning to the Arizona battleground.
“Newt’s desire to come here was clear all along, and I think it’s a good thing for California politics that he wants to make sure that his campaign lasts enough for Californians to have a say,” Del Beccaro said, referring to the Golden State’s very late June 5 primary. “This sends a clear signal to me that he’s at least planning for that.”
Del Beccaro declined to comment on other possible convention guests. There has been no mention of Mitt Romney attending the state GOP convention; some sources weren’t sure he had been invited.
Sooner yet, Gingrich is scheduled to be the guest at a “Making California Count” event this coming Monday, Feb. 13 in Pasadena sponsored by TeaPAC, that Tea Party organization announced today. Part of TeaPAC’s town hall series, the event will be open to the public.