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Rick Perry to address California Republicans

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Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, will be the featured speaker at the California Republican Party’s fall convention, party officials announced Monday in an emailed news release.

Perry, 63, was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He is widely perceived as a possible candidate for the 2016 nomination.

Perry will address Republican delegates on Oct. 5 at the Hilton in Anaheim.

Also scheduled to speak during the three-day convention is U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. Walden is chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.

"He’ll be talking about California’s critical role in maintaining the Republican majority in the House of Representatives," according to the GOP announcement.

Republicans have not held the majority of statewide offices in California since 1974, when former President Ronald Reagan was finishing his second term as governor of California.

Democrats currently hold all statewide offices in California, and are outvoted 2-1 in the state legislature.

In many ways, 2013 is a rerun of the 1970s for Republicans. In 1975, Jerry Brown – then, as now – was the state’s leading Democrat.

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