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Newt Gingrich to speak at state GOP convention

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will keynote a luncheon at the California Republican Party’s convention later this month in Burlingame.

Newt GingrichGingrich 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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.