In a bit of irony mixed with excitement, Governor Rick Perry -- who recently raised the ire of California Governor Jerry Brown for touring the state to encourage business owners to move to Texas -- will be one of the headline speakers at the California Republican Party Convention in October.
The highest profile speaker, Governor Perry remains extremely popular with grassroots conservatives despite his unsuccessful run for the Presidency in the last cycle. Perry has been the longest serving Governor in the history of the Lone Star State and has brought national attention to his state, demonstrating the success of free market, pro-growth policies. Perry recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election next year — some are saying that he is clearing the decks for another run at the Presidency in 2016.
This is an excellent decision.
October’s convention will be the first one that is planned and executed by newly elected State GOP Chairman Jim Brulte, and his team. The number one rule of volunteer-filled conventions is, “If you build it, they will come.”
Perhaps California's moribund Republican Party can be resurrected under the leadership of Chairman Jim Brulte who seems to understand the need to motivate and respect the base of the party, and whose theme for the California GOP is, "Rebuilding from the Ground Up."
If anyone can spark the excitement and energy to motivate the Republican base in California, I would think it would be Rick Perry.
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