California Republican Assembly Convention begins today in Buena Park

Both Republican gubernatorial candidates and all three of the party's U.S. Senate candidates are among the scheduled speakers at the three-day California Republican Assembly Convention, which beings today in Buena Park.

Gubernatorial candidates Steve Poizner, the state's insurance commissioner, and Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief executive officer, are scheduled to speak Saturday, as are the three candidates vying for the Senate seat held by Democrat Barbara Boxer – former Rep. Tom Campbell, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina.

Convention delegates will vote on endorsements Sunday.

A dinner banquet will be held tonight, with a panel discussion titled "2010: How Conservatives Will Win." Panelists will include David Zucker, director of the classic 1980 comedy "Airplane!" and two of the "Naked Gun" films.

A gala dinner will be held Saturday night, with the presentation of the Ronald Reagan Freedom Fighter Award to James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, the activists who conducted the videotaped stings that led to the community organization ACORN losing its federal funding.

Founded in 1934, the California Republican Assembly bills itself as the state's oldest and largest Republican volunteer organization. Reagan called it "the conscience of the Republican Party."

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