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Former aides and advisers to Gray Davis are planning a 70th birthday celebration and roast in the former governor's honor for Nov. 14 at the California History Museum in Sacramento.
Organized by Lynn Schenk, Garry South and Dan Zingale, the event will be emceed by¿ former California Democratic Party chairman Art Torres.
A roast. Of Gray Davis. The mind fairly reels with possibilities.
To commemorate the governor's tenure, they should brown out the lights several times during the party. Or make it a casino night, so you have to pay to play. Or have a dance contest, in which people will be judged solely on their ability to do the robot.
In related news, the remake of "Total Recall" opens this Friday.
(C'mon, readers, help me out here with your own ideas.)
I wrote a story last month about how Asian-Americans could prove to be a crucial voting bloc in certain battleground states this November, and noting that while the Obama campaign had some structure in place for outreach to this community, the Romney campaign really didn't.
Today, the Romney campaign announced its Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Romney community.
"Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have wonderful cultures that enrich all of America," Romney said in the news release. "For generations, members of this community have contributed to our country, started new businesses and invented new products, and served with honor and distinction in the fight to protect freedom all around the world. I am honored to have the support of such great Asian-Americans, and look forward to working with them to get our country on the right track again."
Former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said she's honored to be the effort's national chairwoman.
"Having worked in previous presidential administrations, I know Governor Mitt Romney has the experience and the character to tackle the problems that are facing our nation," she said in the news release. "Americans are suffering, and it will take new leadership to put this country on a path to prosperity and full employment."
One of the seven national co-chairs is said Universal Health Care CEO Akshay Desai of Florida, who said he knows what it takes to make it in the private sector. "Mitt Romney is the change we so desperately need, and I look forward to having him in the White House."
The other national chairs are Rep. Steve Austria, R-Ohio; former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Viet Dinh; former Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii; former U.S. Mint Director Edmund Moy; former Rep. Patricia Saiki, R-Hawaii; and former Ambassador Sichan Siv, who was the U.S. representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
They have their work cut out for them. As I'd reported in my story, a poll conducted in April for three national Asian-American advocacy groups found Asian-Americans self-identified as Democrats rather than Republicans by more than 3-1. Seventy-three percent viewed President Obama favorably; 27 percent viewed Romney favorably.