Rudy Giuliani-Organization, California
updated December 1, 2007

RUDY GIULIANI PRESIDENTIAL EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE, INC.  [Filed papers with New York State on Nov. 10, 2006 and with the FEC on Nov. 20, 2006]
Headquarters: 300 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA.  ...official opening Sept. 12, 2007 attended by campaign manager Mike DuHaime
Executive Director Brent Lowder
(announced July 12, 2007)  Lowder has been the campaign's lead California finance person ("The Fix" Feb. 5, 2007).  He was executive director of William E. Simon & Sons, and served as a senior aide to Bill Simon during his 2002 campaign for Governor of California.  Deputy finance director on Matt Fong's unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) in 1998.  Worked on Pete Wilson's gubernatorial campaign in 1994.
Political Director Thomas Roberts
(announced July 12, 2007)  Most recently, Roberts worked in the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Political director for the Washington State Republican Party in the 2006 election cycle.  During the 2004 election, Roberts served as a field representative for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Washington state and then Ohio.  He directed the 72-hour program in northeastern Mississippi for Haley Barbour's successful gubernatorial bid in 2003.  Graduate of Washington State.
Deputy Political Director Jessica Millan Patterson
(announced July 12, 2007)  Los Angeles deputy executive director of the New Majority PAC ("broaden the appeal of the Republican Party by promoting a fiscally responsible philosophy toward government and lending resources to Republicans who support an inclusive, mainstream approach toward politics.")  Directed strategy and communications for Keen Butcher's election as head of the California Republican County Chairmen's Association, Feb. 2007.  Regional political director for the California Republican Party, covering the Central Coast, Central Valley, and the Bay Area.  Executive director of the Ventura County Republican Party, 2004-05.
Coalitions Director Steve Frank
(announced July 12, 2007)  Frank is a Vietnam veteran whose campaign experience in California dates back to Richard Nixon's run for President in 1960.  Founder and publisher of California Political News and Views (, started Nov. 2002.  Deputy political director on Bill Simon's campaign for Governor, 2001-02.  Published newsletter "Frankly Speaking" starting in 1995.  Founder of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.  President of the California Republican Assembly, 1980-81.  Played active roles in Ronald Reagan's campaign for Governor of California in 1966 and Reaganís presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980.  He has also served as the California Republican Party parliamentarian.  B.S. from the University of Redlands.

Field Representatives  (announced Aug. 1, 2007)

Cathy Hayes - Hayes was regional field director for California GOP Victory 2006, handling the Central Coast.  She has also served as the executive director of the Santa Barbara County Republican Central Committee,  regional finance coordinator for the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington, DC, deputy director of the Majority Leader's Fund and joint fundraising manager of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Ashley Ingram - Ingram served as head intern with the California GOP Victory 2006.  She worked specifically on youth issues for Gov. Schwarzenegger, and coordinated precinct walks and phone banks, while recruiting high school and college students to volunteer.

Kelly Kuntz - Kuntz worked as an associate at JJ Communications in Redlands, CA, where she helped managed day-to-day operations on political campaigns, public relations, media development, grassroots operations, and fundraising in local government.  Kuntz has also assisted with treasury operations on political campaigns and has coordinated special events, meetings and conferences.

Chris Luna - Luna served as campaign manager on Perkins for Assembly in Salinas.  He previously worked as campaign manager on McShane for Hartnell Trustee in Salinas.   As Central Valley field director on McPherson for Lieutenant Governor, he directed grassroots operations in the San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mono, Mariposa, Merced, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern Counties.

Cathy Poncabare - Poncabare served as Gov. Schwarzenegger's deputy appointments secretary, where she recruited, screened, interviewed and recommended candidates to serve as appointees to full-time exempt positions and part-time volunteer positions on boards and commissions within the state government.

Krista Powers - Powers worked as a client representative for IBM organizing marketing events and coordinating teams to create client proposals.  She served under New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations, Joseph Lhota, and as a Congressional Page in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jennifer Saylor - Saylor served under California state field director Kathy Tavoularis on during the 2006 election cycle.  She worked under California GOP executive director Deborah McCall during 2004 election cycle and managed phone banks.

Bryan WatkinsWatkins has worked as campaign coordinator on Carl DeMaio's campaign for San Diego City Council and worked on Nathan Fletcher's campaign for State Assembly.  He was the deputy field director for San Diego County and Imperial County during Gov. Schwarzenegger's successful 2006 reelection campaign.

California State Chair  (announced July 16, 2007)
Bill Simon, California Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002...and the campaign's national policy director

California State Co-Chairs
Mary Bono, United States Congresswoman
David Dreier, United States Congressman
Jerry Lewis, United States Congressman
Devin Nunes, United States Congressman
George Radanovich, United States Congressman
Ed Royce, United States Congressman
Curt Pringle, Mayor of Anaheim
Greg Aghazarian, State Assemblyman
Ted Gaines, State Assemblyman
Sharon Runner, State Assemblywoman
Cameron Smyth, State Assemblyman
Chuck Poochigian, Former State Senator
Mike Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor
Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor
John Herrington, Former State GOP Chair
Robert Naylor, Former State GOP Chair
Frank Visco, Former State GOP Chair
Michelle Steel, Board of Equalization Member
Dr. Joel Strom, Los Angeles Businessman

California Volunteer State Leadership and Regional Chairs  (announced Oct. 31, 2007)
Margie Handley, State Chair, Willits
Tod Burnett, State Chair, Sacramento/Los Angeles
Cathie Bennett Warner, State Communications Chair, Marin County
Richard Sherman, Vice-Chair, Northridge
Kay Spafford, Vice-Chair, San Diego
June Downum, Vice-Chair, Glencoe
Susan Allen, Vice-Chair, Capitola
Regional Chairs

endorsements include:
Rep. David Dreier  (CA-26)  (Feb. 13, 2007) +
Rep. Mary Bono (CA-45)  (reported by the Desert Sun [Palm Springs] on Jan. 24, 2007)
Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-21)   (Feb. 9, 2007)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (CA-41)  (March 13, 2007)
Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40)  (March 24, 2007)
Rep. George Radanovich (CA-19)  (March 29, 2007)

announced March 13, 2007:
Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan
Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel
Assemblyman Ted Gaines
former California Republican Party Chairman Robert Naylor
former California Republican Party Chairman Frank Visco
actor and political commentator Dennis Miller

announced April 12, 2007:
Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth
Assemblywoman Sharon Runner
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe

announced June 29, 2007
California Mayors for Rudy
Jean Blois, Mayor of Goleta
Dene Bustichi, Mayor of Scotts Valley
Roger Campbell, former Mayor of Fillmore
Jim Desmond, Mayor of San Marcos
Dr. Donald J. Kurth, Mayor of Rancho Cucamonga
Larry Lavagnino, Mayor of Santa Maria
Robert McKaben, Mayor of Colusa
Ila Mette-McCuteon, Mayor of Marina
Curt Pringle, Mayor of Anaheim
David Smith, Mayor of Newark
Michael Termini, Mayor of Capitola
Ernie Villegas, Mayor of Fillmore

announced Aug. 22, 2007
San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox

announced Aug. 28, 2007
California Business Leaders for Rudy
State Chair:  Kim Quinones, Vice-President, Ramirez and Company, Pacific Palisades

announced Sept. 27, 2007
former Gov. Pete Wilson - distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Served as the thirty-sixth governor of California (1991-1999), eight years as a United States Senator (1983-1991), eleven years as Mayor of San Diego (1971-1983), and five years as a California State Assemblyman (1967-1971).

announced Nov. 26, 2007
Additional Mayors for Rudy
Walter Allen, former Mayor of Covina
Lee Duboc, former Mayor of Menlo Park
Sandra Gaggero-Caughell, former Mayor of Carpinteria
Michael Gin, Mayor of Redondo Beach
Eugene Montanez, Mayor of Corona
Wayne Peterson, former Mayor of Laguna Beach
Steven Rosansky, Mayor of Newport Beach
David Spence, Mayor of La Canada Flintridge
Mark Waldman, Mayor of La Palma
Dorothy Wedel, former Mayor of La Habra
Deborah Wilder, former Mayor of Foster City
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