Saturday, September 6, 2008

Harbor Republicans Cheer McCain-Palin

The newly formed Peninsula Harbor Republicans gathered in Palos Verdes to watch Sen. John McCain accept the party’s presidential nomination Thursday.

The viewing party was held at the former Marie Callender’s restaurant in Rolling Hills Estates, atop the Promenade of the Peninsula shopping center. The building will serve as Republicans’ local campaign headquarters through the election.

“McCain gave the speech he needed to give,” said John Stammreich of San Pedro, chair of 54th Assembly District Republican committee. “He had a big challenge following [Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s] energetic speech the night before.

“The biggest thing he made us realize is that he’s going to represent all of us, not just Republicans and not just the Republicans who backed him from the start.”

Peninsula Harbor Republicans President Gene Dotson, left, and 54th Assembly District party leader John Stammreich.

Gene Dotson, president of the Peninsula Harbor Republicans, said that local grassroots efforts would focus on 25th State Senate District candidate Lydia Gutierrez, 54th Assembly District candidate Gabriella Holt and 46th Congressional District incumbent Dana Rohrabacher.

Rohrabacher and Gutierrez – a San Pedro resident and Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council boardmember – attended the viewing party and spoke to the activists.

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