California Republican Party gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (L) appears at a campaign event with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on October 10, 2010 in Van Nuys, California. Giuliani is in California to campaign for Whitman. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and will campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina as part of a West Coast visit to boost Republican support.
Whitman made two campaign stops in the Southland Monday, speaking at a conference for Iranian-American Jews in Century City, and picking up the Giuliani endorsement in Van Nuys.
Speaking at a campaign dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, the former head of eBay talked about her upbringing and business experience and reiterated her main campaign themes of creating jobs, cutting government spending and improving education.
She declined to comment about a phone message in which someone associated with rival Jerry Brown's campaign called Whitman a "whore" for allegedly exempting police and firefighers from pension reform to get their endorsements.
Giuliani is scheduled to campaign on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and congressional candidate Van Tran Monday in the Little Saigon section of Westminster.
Tran, an assemblyman, is trying to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, who was first elected in 1996. Sanchez is facing the strongest re-election challenge of any Southern California member of Congress, according to experts.
The three are expected to discuss job creation, fiscal responsibility and "'the need for a stronger leadership in Washington," according to an aide to Fiorina.