Thompson Gets N.Y. Conservative Party Invitation, Not Giuliani

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson makes a campaign stop in Greenville, S.C., last month. (AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York conservatives have invited Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson to speak at a fall celebration -- not native son and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

State Conservative Party officials said it's not meant to be a slap at anyone, merely what they wanted to do.

Giuliani has supported abortion rights, gun control and has been divorced twice, all issues that make him less popular among Conservatives than other candidates.

The Conservative Party is the fourth largest in New York and can often be influential on the Republican side in elections.

The party has not made any endorsements, and has no such plans until the Republican nominee is chosen.

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