"America's Mayor" Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a moderate Republican and possible presidential candidate, is working to strengthen his hand in California by scheduling a high-profile appearance and gathering support from California's politically active republicans.
State GOP board members have ben told that Rudy will give keynote address for the state Republican Party convention in February in Sacramento.
Rudy's appearance will catapult what was expected to be a fairly routine GOP gathering into a national event -- and is almost certain to ramp up the increasingly active parade of presidential hopefuls of both parties coming to California to court donors in a state viewed as the wealthiest source of campaign cash.
Rudy already has established a camaraderie with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- a Republican in the same moderate, bipartisan mold who also supports gay rights, abortion rights and stem cell research.
Despite those more liberal positions on social issues, Giuliani is gaining the backing of some California Republicans well known to the state's most conservative grassroots base: financier and former gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon and Republican political consultant and Internet publisher Steve Frank.
And the trust factor is a major consideration. Isn't it better to vote for someone who you truts even though you disagree with his posiiton rather than someone who reverses his position to gain your support. For instance, if you support domestic partnerships when you commuicate with the Log Cabin Republicans, it is hypocritical to say that you no longer support those rights because you wasnt the support of Christian Conservatives.