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Gov. to pass on Calif. GOP convention

SACRAMENTO – The California Republican Party will hold its state convention this weekend, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be lending his star power to the event.

The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday he would not be attending the three-day convention in Santa Clara because he “can’t be in two places at the same time.”

Schwarzenegger declined to say where he would be. His spokesman said only that the governor had a prior commitment.

Schwarzenegger has a strained relationship with the party, primarily over state spending and debt. He previously told fellow Republicans that they are “dying at the box office.”

The GOP candidates seeking to succeed him, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner, have featured speaking slots during the convention.

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