Although hundreds of people gathered at the California Republican Party convention's luncheon in Sacramento today to hear conservative commentator and pollster Frank Luntz, the meeting's organizers tried - at first - to keep news media from covering the talk, citing "proprietary" information that would be shared.
News reporters raised a stink and eventually asked incoming state party Chairman Tom Del Becarro to settle the matter. Del Becarro let the reporters stay, but Luntz's speech would now be revised, presumably so that the sensitive information would be scrubbed, said party spokesman Mark Standriff.
Even conservative radio host Eric Hogue said he had been initially barred from entering the talk because he had a media pass.
UPDATE: Luntz has started speaking and said he's staying with the original plan and talking about how the GOP should use words.
"It was I who spoke about the desire to have this meeting closed," Luntz said, adding that he had changed his mind. "There is nothing that the Republican Party has to hide."