TAMPA FL – The Republican National Convention gets rolling today (Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012) in Tampa without additional changes to its schedule, Pennsylvania delegate and Lower Pottsgrove resident Jonathan Spadt reports. He and other members of the delegation were notified by those overseeing convention operations that it would be gaveled into session at 2 p.m. with “no change (expected) over the next three days.”
Waiting for the show to start
As for Monday (Aug. 27), which would have been the convention’s first full day had it not been for the mercurial weather brought by steadily strengthening Tropical Storm Issac, well … Monday was slow, Spadt admits.
“We sat around a lot, but the anticipation continues to grow. It almost seems like the suspense is building even more with the delay,” Spadt said in one of five e-mails sent to The Post during the past 18 hours.
“The feeling is one of excitement, but of concern also for the Americans in the line of the hurricane,” he added. “We are also sensing a feeling of confusion to the extent that the schedule keeps changing, and of course I prefer certainty and planning. But we are enjoying the time together and the ability to focus on the issues, mainly the economy and how Mitt Romney can turn things around.”
Don’t put any body part in THAT tank
“We were at a Pennsylvania delegation event at the Tampa Aquarium (Monday) morning. The governor spoke, and we had our official delegation picture taken there … I also petted some rays and observed some sharks. I felt it ironic to be at a political convention watching sharks swim around!”
Who else would know him best?
During a television interview outside the event, Spadt talked with a reporter who asked whom he was most interested in hearing speak. “My answer was, ‘Certainly Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but perhaps most exciting will be Ann Romney.’” The reporter seemed a little surprised, Spadt said. “My response was that Ann knows the real Mitt, and we need to get his message out. She may very well steal the whole show.”
They always look better on a small screen
The Pennsylvania delegation this morning is scheduled to attend a breakfast at which House Speaker John Boehner and state Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley are featured guests. “I hope to get some good pics,” Spadt wrote, “and they will include the press, too. Larry Kane and Jim Gardner have been floating around. I spent a couple minutes with Larry Kane on Saturday night … and again this morning. Jim Gardner looks older in real life.”
Editor’s note: At The Post’s request, Spadt has agreed to keep our readers updated by e-mail of Republican convention activities and the Pennsylvania delegation’s role in them throughout this week.
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