Former New York Mayor and Presidential candidate and Mrs. Rudy Giuliani in Simi Valley, California, May 3, 2007. Standing next to the Mayor is Anaheim, California Mayor Curt Pringle.
Robert Novak has an excellent piece outlining the broad base of support Rudy Giuliani demonstrates in California.
Curt Pringle, the conservative mayor of Anaheim and onetime speaker of the California Assembly, is a pro-life Republican who endorsed pro-choice Rudy Giuliani for president last March and since then has been actively engaged in his campaign. After conversations with Giuliani, Pringle takes at face value the former New York mayor’s pledge to nominate Supreme Court justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. That reassurance on abortion makes it possible for Pringle and many other prominent California Republicans to pursue an ambitious political design.
Pringle and the state’s other Giuliani supporters want to bring California back to relevance in selecting the Republican nominee and electing the president. They resent that the nation’s most populous state is presumed to follow Iowa’s and New Hampshire’s lead in picking presidents. They resent California being consigned as a general election backwater, conceded to the Democrats. Giuliani is seen by Pringle resurrecting California as a significant player for both the nomination and election.
A solid win for Giuliani on February 5th will put Rudy over the top for the GOP nomination.
Flap continues to wonder when California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses Rudy. Before Christmas or after the first of the year when mail in ballots become available for California voters?
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