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Source: RNC staff have been in talks with Eastwood’s people

UPDATED: Speaking at the Republican National Convention would give Clint Eastwood a chance to put the Superbowl ad controversy behind him for good and reestablish his conservative credentials.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m. EST: Tuesday afternoon, a convention staffer confirmed that RNC organizers have been talking with Clint Eastwood’s people, but said it was not clear whether the actor had been scheduled to speak at the convention.

While Townhall reported that legendary Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood would appear at the Republican National Convention Wednesday or Thursday as a surprise guest with star power, convention organizers aren’t talking.

GOP insiders who spoke with Human Events, including a prominent delegate and a Romney campaign staffer, said they had heard the rumor, but had no information about whether it was true.

Nor was Tom Del Beccaro, Republican party chairman for Eastwood’s home state of California, in on any plans to bring “Dirty Harry” to town.

But Del Beccaro said he would absolutely like to see Eastwood address the delegates.

The actor was the center of some controversy after starring in a Superbowl ad that seemed to cheer President Barack Obama’s auto bailout plan. But Eastwood cleared the air by endorsing Mitt Romney this month. Del Beccaro said speaking at the convention would give Eastwood a chance to put the controversy behind him for good and reestablish his conservative credentials.

“He’s a true American and stands for a great tradition,” he said.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope???s email is