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JosephKung1.JPGA 66-year-old retired real estate mogul isn't the first thing that comes to mind when one imagines a cheerleader.

But dressed in a blue silk garment covered with stickers and a chef's hat fashioned out of Meg Whitman bumper stickers, delegate Joseph Kung calls himself just that. When it comes to the California Republican Party convention, at least.

Kung, who lives in Diamond Bar, was a popular attraction at the convention Friday night, as he traversed the halls posing for pictures with other delegates and generating cheers with with his wails of "Go, Meg, Go!"

Kung is a familiar face to frequent GOP convention goers. He first debuted what he calls his sticker-themed get-up in 2000, when George W. Bush was running for the White House.

Two years later he returned, bumper sticker hat and all, to rally supporters for then GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Simon. The delegate's efforts to boost Republican candidate were recognized with a medal from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which he proudly displayed around his neck.

Kung says he was ill and couldn't make it to the conventions during Schwarzenegger's re-election campaign, but he's back in action in time to campaign for gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman.

"I regained my health and I'm ready, full speed for Meg!" he cheered.

Photo by Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee.


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