Rick Perry to speak at California GOP convention

Texas Gov. Rick Perry – a 2012 Republican presidential primary candidate who some believe will try again in 2016 – will headline the California Republican Party’s fall convention this October in Anaheim.

Rick Perry“Gov. Perry’s leadership is a major reason why Texas has emerged as one of America’s leading forces for economic opportunity and personal freedom, and we’re delighted that he accepted our invitation,” state GOP chairman Jim Brulte said Monday.

Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman Sharon Day and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden also are scheduled to speak at the convention, which will run October 4-6 at the Hilton Anaheim.

Day, now in her second term as RNC co-chair, will discuss “the RNC’s historic investment in California,” according to the party’s news release. The RNC less than a month ago announced it had hired 23-year-old San Diego campaign operative Clinton Soffer as its state director for California, charged with overseeing GOP field operations as the besieged California party works to rebuild from the ground up.

Rep. Walden, R-Ore., “will focus his remarks on California’s critical role in maintaining the Republican majority in the House of Representatives,” the state GOP’s news release said. Much like last year, California should see a bunch of competitive House races in 2014.

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.

  • JohnW

    Please, oh please! Both Rick(s) — Perry and Santorum. Run Rick(s), run!

  • RRSenile Columnist

    Calif.’s critical role in 2014? LOL More like state GOP is in critical condition and not likely to regain health in the foreseeable future.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    The Republicans seem to be catering to the Catholic Church. But they are alienating the Catholic Latinos and many women & all LGBTQ’s. They seem to be in California for the donations,to take out of state, nothing else.
    If the Republicans want to rebuild from the ground up, they will have to become more like Libertarians.

  • Elwood

    “They seem to be in California for the donations,to take out of state, nothing else.”

    Gee, that sounds exactly like Barack Hussein Obama, our feckless leader.

    Did you know that Obama is Kenyan for jackass?

  • JohnW


    “Did you know that Obama is Kenyan for jackass?”

    Didn’t know that. Learn something every day.

    I can hardly wait until the fight for the 2016 GOP nomination heats up, and Ted Cruz’s Republican opponents go “birther” on him. I can hear it now. Cuban father who fought for Castro but now “claims” that he didn’t know he was a Communist. Mother born in Delaware to Irish/Italian parents who probably voted for Joe Biden. Waited until he was running for president to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Received health care from Canadian socialized medicine. Who is Ted Cruz, really? What do we really know about him? Do we really want another Harvard-trained attorney who worked on the Law Review as president?

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    The Republican search for a movie star candidate is on. When I was a little kid, people voted for old, fat, bald men.

  • Alcoahead

    I knew Washington, Adams and Jefferson were old (for their time) but fat and bald? I learn something every day…

  • JohnW

    Well, Adams was short, pudgy and bald (when he didn’t wear the stupid wig).

    It’s a myth that average life span has dramatically increased since those days. Average life expectancy for a male at age 50 increased only 7.5 years from 1850 to 2004 — from 21.6 years to 29.1 years. Pretty remarkable considering all of modern medicine.

    Average total life span has increased because of improved mortality rates for infants and children — i.e., more people make it to 50.

    GW lived to 67, Adams to 90, and Jefferson to 83. Some of our 20th Century presidents didn’t do as well: Teddy R – 60, Wilson – 67, Coolidge – 60, Harding croaked in SF at 57, Taft – 72, FDR – 63

  • RR senile columnist

    ICYMI, LMAO at 9th grade Am Hist

  • JohnW


    The #10 post, whatever it is supposed to mean, is not mine. Somebody playing games with my name.

  • JohnW


    Care to take any bets as to how many adults could pass a multiple choice quiz on 9th grade Am Hist, let alone accurately guess on the age trivia mentioned?

  • JohnW

    Hey Josh,

    If you see this, could you check out the IP address for the post at #10, using my handle?


  • Josh Richman

    #10 has been deleted. No sock puppets allowed here.

  • JohnW


  • RRSenile Columnist

    ICYMI, what’s the topic of this thread?

  • JohnW

    #15 “What’s the topic of this thread.”

    To quote Governor Perry: “I forgot. Oops.”

    ICYMI? Does that refer to winter road conditions in Michigan?

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    The topic is: The Republican’s are giving me free health food & limo service, if I will go their convention in Anaheim this October. Plus a free escort to keep me awake.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    Bruce, do u think Chelsea Manning will be available for escort services?

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    @18. Only if the lively girls from Code Pink get her out of the box. The Pussy Riot girls from Russia, would be more likely to keep me awake.
    When the Republicans bring Code Pink, Pussy Riot & Me to their convention, the Republicans will win in California.

  • Jasper Stein

    I am looking forward to Perry and Santorum running for President.
    I enjoyed last election comedy show called the Republican debates.
    Throw in Rand Paul, Then the real Comedy begins…..
    Who said politics is boring !!!

  • RR Senile Columnist

    Got news! Pussy Riot will open fall season of SNL. U heard here first!