Many Republicans were muted in their criticism of Bill Clinton's Wednesday-night Democratic national convention speech.

Not so in California.

Former governor Pete Wilson took the stage with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at a fundraiser at the Montage Beverly Hills Thursday night and skewered Clinton, kicking off his remarks with a reminder of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

"How many of you watched that little show last night? The return of Bill Clinton?" Wilson told the crowd. "You know, all through that ... all I can think of was the last time I seen him shaking his finger .... 'I did not have sex with that woman.' I figured that anyone who can redefine sex as he did in that moment is fully capable of redefining economics, which he tried to do last night."

The tone was different from the one Ryan took earlier this week in previewing Clinton's speech. In a speech in Adel, Iowa, Wednesday morning, Ryan suggested to the crowd that Obama did not measure up to Clinton as a president.