President 2012: Mitt Romney To Be a No Show at California GOP Convention


Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stands on chair as he holds a town hall meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.

But, Romney is coming to California to troll for campaign cash.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be fundraising hard in California this week — on the opening day of the state GOP convention Friday in Los Angeles. But don’t look for him to drop in to the gathering of the nation’s largest Republican party — there are no such plans.

And the former Massachusetts’ governor’s decision to bypass the Republican confab attracting four GOP presidential candidates and hundreds of activists — Sept. 16-18 at the JW Marriott — has most certainly irked some of the state’s leading Republicans.

“It’s a flip off to the California GOP in a big way,” says one leading state Republican activist, who spoke not for attribution today. “It’s one thing not to show up, but it’s another to say, “I’m going to be in CA to raise money, but I’m not coming by.”

Well, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul can bother to speak. Rick Perry was in the state for several days after the Reagan Presidential debate and made the rounds of County GOP Party organizations.

This is not a wise move by Romney and if he wants to successfully compete against Rick Perry, he certainly doesn’t show it by avoiding the rank and file Republican activists for a fundraiser at Peeble Beach.

Romney will start fundraising Friday at a $500 a head breakfast in San Diego at the home of Jenny Craig in Del Mar.

Then, he hits a high priced fundraiser lunch Friday at the Atherton home of powerhouse literary agent Jillian Manus Salzman — a major supporter of former GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (now a Romney adviser and finance chair) and of former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The event is $500 per person, or $1000 per couple, but if you want a photo op with the former Massachusetts Governor or plan to co-host the lunch, that will go up to $2,500, the invite says.

That’s followed by a dinner fundraiser at a private home on the scenic 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, where tickets are $1,000 a head, with $2,500 entry if you want a photo op.

That dinner event is just about the same time that, at the convention, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann will be giving the opening keynote for the dinner session…


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