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Posted By: Carla Marinucci | July 25 2011 at 10:21 AM

California’s 2011 statewide Republican convention has suddenly become a must-see media event — now that Tea Party darling and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann has agreed to give the keynote opening address.

Bachmann’s presence is sure to electrify the three day gathering of more than 1,000 California GOP activists from September 16-18 at the JW Marriot in LA Live, Los Angeles.

“She is total energy,” said state GOP chair Tom Del Beccaro, when we asked him this morning about Bachmann’s decision to come to the nation’s most populous state for a major 2012 campaign gig. “She’ll be a rock star. She’ll ignite the place.”

The presence of the Minnesota Congresswoman, he predicted, will be soaked up by GOP activists because “she fills an enthusiasm gap in California.”

Bachmann is the first GOP presidential candidate to agree to attend the big state convention — scheduled the same month as a major televised presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to be co-sponsored by Politico and NBC News.

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