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The Bay Area's own former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is among the first list of headliners for the Republican National Convention, as rolled out today by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
"Americans are looking for leadership in Washington to advance the belief that free markets and free people are the cornerstones to our country's future," Rice -- now a Stanford professor and Hoover Institution fellow -- said in the GOP's news release. "I look forward to being a part of the Republican National Convention later this month to support those beliefs by nominating Mitt Romney to be our next president."
(Not that she's going to be vice president or anything.)
The other speakers announced today are South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, that state's first female governor and the nation's youngest sitting governor; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate and a best-selling author, radio and television show host; Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former House Budget Committee chairman; New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation's first female Hispanic governor and that state's first female governor; U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the 2008 Republican presidential nominee; and Florida
Priebus called these speakers "some of our party's brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers -- and those that will be announced later -- will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event."
Rep. John Garamendi, challenged in his bid for re-election by Republican Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, apparently feels it's enough of a race to warrant asking some well-known names to help him raise money.
Garamendi, D-Fairfield, had a fundraiser Monday at the San Francisco office of the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm, with former Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown as the guest speaker and the current and former chairmen of the California Democratic Party -- John Burton and Art Torres, respectively -- among the co-hosts. Individual tickets ranged from $250 to $2,500, while "PAC Friends" were asked to give $1,000 to $5,000.
Now Garamendi is touting an evening with House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Prima, a lovely Italian restaurant in Walnut Creek; the theme will be "rebuilding the American manufacturing base." Individual tickets for this one range from $500 to $2,500, while PAC sponsors will pay $2,500 and PAC co-hosts will pay $5,000.
"This is a critical event for me," he said in an e-mail that went out today. "The Republican SuperPACs have made me a prime target in the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District, pouring over $130,000 of PAC money into my opponent's campaign in just the last two weeks of June and now buying up millions of dollars of airtime to smear and distort my image. Please consider supporting my campaign and help me fight back by attending this event."