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Herman Cain to Make TeaCon Cameo

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    Joe Walsh is getting some company at the Tea Party's Midwest convention this weekend.

    Presidential candidate Herman Cain will participate in TeaCon's presidential candidate forum, scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, organizers said Thursday.

    Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, has popped into the spotlight after winning the Florida straw poll last week and ranking third in a Fox News poll of Republican candidates. He's due on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Friday before setting off for Chicago's suburbs.

    "Herman Cain's message is clearly resonating," said Chicago Tea Party director Steve Stevlic in a statement announcing Cain's TeaCon cameo. "And clearly, Herman Cain recognizes that the best place to keep building momentum is addressing Tea Party activists at TeaCon 2011."

    Cain is no stranger to Tea Party rallies or straw polls. Following the candidate forum, TeaCon attendees will vote in its own straw poll "where Cain will seek to capture his second major victory in as many weeks."

    For Walsh's part, he'll be the special speaker during the convention's Saturday lunch.