Thompson To Talk With Calif. Conservatives

Apr 29, 2007 11:23am

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: Former Sen. Fred Thompson R-Tenn., has picked a very influential club of California conservatives to deliver his first big speech since announcing he’s considering an ’08 White House run. On Friday May 4, the "Law and Order" star, who was U.S. senator from Tennessee, addresses The Lincoln Club of Orange County’s annual dinner in Newport Beach, California.

Although he is not expected to use his speech to announce his candidacy for president, Thompson’s decision to address The Lincoln Club suggests that the former senator is moving to court influential donors and Republican activists in a state that now holds an early–and important– Feb. 5 presidential primary.

The Lincoln Club was founded more than 40 years ago under the pillars of limited government, low taxes and less bureaucracy.

The organization contributed more than $100,000 to the 2003 effort to recall California Governor Gray Davis, and then later endorsed Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger as Davis’ replacement.

In the late 1970s, as Ronald Reagan’s influence in the Republican party was growing, the Lincoln Club put its political might behind Proposition 13, a ballot initiative to limit property taxation.

Thompson’s speech comes one day after the Republican presidential field debates at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif.

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