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Mayor Rudy Giuliani addressing the press after speaking before the California GOP, February 10, 2007. Photo by Flap.

The Politico: Rudy Woos K St, Sets Major DC Funder

As I reported earlier this week, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani met with a few hundred Washington movers and shakers yesterday to make his pitch. There were actually two events, both at the Hotel Washington. The first, I’m told by a lobbyist who attended, was for major donors. The second was filled with “members of the PAC community,” as my source put it. Some who showed were already on board, others wanted to kick the tires.

Giuliani gave a stump speech, but did weave in some politics. He talked about Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but also mentioned the prospect that other, larger states could move up their primaries — something Hizzoner’s advisers think would aid his candidacy. Having spent considerable time in California recently, Giuliani noted that it’s been 40 years since the mega-state had a primary that mattered (RFK vs. Clean for Gene in ’68).

Giuliani also put in a plug for what will be one of his first major Beltway fundraising events. I’m told that Peter Terpulek will host the soiree at his Chevy Chase home on March 22. A top lobbyist with the American Continental Group, Turpulek was a Bush Pioneer in 2000 who was rewarded with the ambassadorship to Luxembourg.

California Dreamin’ and fifty-five electoral votes in play for the GOP.

Rudy will be in California frequently.


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani gestures during his address at the California Republican Party convention in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. Giuliani’s remarks touched topics from health care, to crime, to terrorism to Iraq, in a speech laden with references to a possible bid for president.


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