A Local Point of View About the National Republican Convention

Attending third national GOP convention is "a privilege."

I will be attending my third Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, from Aug. 26-31.

I previously attended the 1996 and 2006 national conventions as an alternate delegate. I was elected from the 12th Congressional District which spans six counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. I was the highest vote-getter with over 29,000 votes cast for both delegate and alternate delegate positions between 14 people running.

The 12th Congressional District elected four delegates and four alternate delegates. Each congressional district normally elects three per district, but a handful elect four based on Republican turnout from the previous presidential election in the congressional districts every four years. 

A delegate or alternate delegate is elected by Republican voters every four years in the April primary. Each candidate must secure at least 250 Republican signatures to make the primary ballot.

Then candidates' names are pulled from a "lot selection" to determine the ballot appearance. Each candidate has to file a $25 filing fee to the Pennsylvania Department of State for each position. Then nominating petitions must be notarized and taken to Harrisburg, PA, to make the ballot.

The process happens before the primary and you have 3 1/2 weeks to make the ballot. A candidate must gather the signatures in the winter months—normally January and February—when the weather is not the best. 

The delegates and alternates are responsible for all their expenses, which can cost up to  $2,000 to $3,000 for the national conventions. This covers airfare, host hotel expenses and costs paid to the Republican Party of Pennsylvania for food, ground transportation and various activites.

It can be a costly five to six days while attending.

The local and state Republican parties do not cover any costs at all. This is solely up to the delegates and alternates who got elected from their congressional districts. 

I have been active in the North Hills in the Republican Party for over 20 years.

I have been on the Hampton Republican Committee since 2008 as an elected GOP Committeman from District 11. In addition, I am the elected Republican State Committeeman from the 40th Senate District, which encompasses 12 townships and boroughs in the North Hills.

I am humbled and honored to represent the Republican voters of the 12th Congressional District at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this month.

It is a privilege to attend. 

I will be blogging from the convention for Patch.

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Zandy Dudiak August 18, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Thanks Mike. We will be looking forward to getting an inside look at the convention through your eyes!
john fencepost August 25, 2012 at 05:24 AM
The question is why you would support a party that treats women as second hand citizens, give the 1% tax reliefs and tax the middle class???
JustMe August 25, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Why would anyone support the President when 169,811 Families lose their homes a month under the Obama administration. Our National Debt when he took office in Feb 2008 was $5,768 and 53 months later in July of 2012 it now stands at t $16,7 TRILLION DOLLARS. In the first 15 months Obama was in office he spent Double of what George Bush spent in 8 years as President. Democrats are totally nuts that they want Obama back in office as he hasn't created no jobs, people are losing homes at astronomical numbers as when Bush was in office in 2008 only 66,000 homes were lost. The money that was lent to the two Big Auto Companies will never be paid back just like the money that Obama gave to Banks and other companies won't be paid back either. We the People still own 53% of AIG which will never be paid back either.
Bunny Lebowski August 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I'm sorry but you can't use rhetoric like this to defend or bash a political party. Whether there's a democrat, republican, catholic, atheist or protestant in office doesn't change the fact that this country is doomed because of the people in it. You can't stop someone from mismanaging their money and being house poor just like you can't curb an entrepreneur who finds cheaper labor outside of the US. And here's an economics lesson for you: if they find cheaper labor outside of the US, it's most likely because we can't produce that widget as effectively as the other country. So what I'm getting at here is that I don't think it's a question of what political ideology is right, because what it boils down to is the people who live here in America. I'll begrudgingly give my vote to Romney this year, if for nothing else because my taxes will probably won't go up and I'd rather have more money in my pocket at the end of the day. I think economics can give a pretty good explanation of what's happened up to this point in this country and what's happening now, and regardless of what political party you're affiliated with I would urge you to turn off Fox News or CNN and pick up an economics book. Better yet, pick up an economic history of the US book. Instead of pointing the finger at the other party and rattling off baseless figures, you might be able to have an intelligent conversation. Can you tell this has been building up for a while?
Roger August 25, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Baseless facts...? The national debt is piling up at the rate of $4B per day. There is nothing baseless about this revelation. Econ 101, spend less money than comes in the door. The other 390 pages of the economics book can be overlooked until we have this basic understanding.
Chef Chuck Kerber August 25, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Bunny! Love what you wrote, especially the part about finding cheaper, more effective labor outside the US. If you're a business owner, why would you produce ANY item in the states if it's more expensive, and taxed more heavily? People bash companies like Apple for outsourcing their products to China, but why wouldn't they if it will increase their profits? If we want to get out of this hole, our govt. needs to lessen restrictions on American companies and stop taxing them to death.
cc August 26, 2012 at 07:02 AM
ml yet again you only pick and choose information that makes obama seem like he didn't waste money. What you chose to print was about Freddy and Fannie Mae and "ml this all the information on what you choose to blog. "The total amount invested in Fannie and Freddie so far is $187 billion. They have returned none of the money invested so far—and might never do so. The Treasury has been earning a return on its investments. So far Fannie and Freddie have paid $41 billion in dividends to the Treasury." WHEN IS Fannie and Freddie going to pay back all the money they were loaned, after all this money belongs to the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES>
Mike Jones August 26, 2012 at 02:14 PM
In light of the passing of Neil Armstrong and the recent landing of the Mars rover, maybe we can discuss the things that bind us as Americans rather than what divides us. Check out this week's discussion here... http://pine-richland.patch.com/articles/poll-what-impresses-you-more-landing-on-the-moon-or-mars
Bunny Lebowski August 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Thanks for the revelation Roger. Very astute, pal. I'm not disputing the fact that the national debt is out of control. My point was that I'm sick of liberals and conservatives manipulating numbers on the back of an envelope, turning around and using their figures to argue with each other. Quite frankly, I'd question the veracity of the national debt figure. I sure as heck don't want the entire country looking at my financial records - no matter how fiscally responsible I am ;). By the way, if there's anything that econ 101 will teach you it's that you can bend numbers to make them say what you want pretty easily. When I wrote the first post it was intended to be in reply to the argument that was about to take place above, not the article.
Amanda Gillooly August 26, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Good call, Mike Jones.
Mike Jones August 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
That story is cross-published on all 13 Western Pennsylvania patches. I used the Pine-Richland link because the LE there wrote the story/poll. Your comment will appear on every Patch in the area, too.
Chef Chuck Kerber August 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Obama lacks a basic understanding of economics and business- that's what makes him such a poor leader.
Roger August 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
While I would agree about the positive things that can come from discussing what bring us together, the moon landing and Mars rover is not one of them. People are now talking about "where were you when ...." and "I can remember ..." (and I do recall both), one wonders about the value of the moon landing. Yes, we got Tang from the project. Whoopee!!! Yes, there were many other technology innovations that came from the moon project. But, one has to wonder if those would have emerged without the cost of the moon project. I've yet to find one person to tell me the value of those expenditures. "Just to prove that we can do it ..." is not a reasonable answer. The moon project has been dead for a couple of decades. Are we worse off now than we would have been had the moon projects continue? As for the Mars rover project, I think the cost is $19B and counting. Again, nobody has given me any good reason, innovations, or other advancements that will come from the $19B. Again, "to prove that we can ..." is not a reasonable answer. What ever came from the findings of what we found on the moon? What can we expect to do with the findings that will come from Curious? Oh, to be sure, lots of interesting information. But, "interesting information" hardly moves us along in our path of life, especially at the cost. So, moon projects and Mars Curious projects are not ones that have positive cohesiveness.
Roger August 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
On a related note, can somebody tell us one thing that has come from the Space Station project in the last decade?
Mike Jones August 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
@Roger... That answer is exactly what I expected from you. Bravo.
cc August 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
i love how you pick out things to make obummer look good yet you don't finish your copying and pasting just things to make the dumocrats look good and trying to make obummer the best thing since sliced bread. Thank goodness people like you aren't running this county as the United States would of been flushed down the computer long ago.
Amanda Gillooly August 26, 2012 at 06:59 PM
@Mike Jones: I second that.
cc August 26, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Why did obummer put us in Debt over 10 trillion in less that 3 1/2 years. "Our National Debt when he took office in Feb 2008 was $5,768 and 53 months later in July of 2012 it now stands at t $16,7 TRILLION DOLLARS." and what did obummer do besides raising our National Debt, putting more people out of their homes that he has promised to save, created only 377,000 jobs and most will lose work with swimming pools and amusement parks shut down for winter, and robbed medicare of 700 billion and turned that money over to obummercare. We need someone in office besides a wedding planner that will make the USA stable again.
cc August 26, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I can not wait till after Election and we have a real President Romney/Ryan in office and can fix all the mistakes of obummer. I bet every time Romney makes a speech he won't be throwing everything in obummers face as obummer did to Bush. Then again he should because is 4 1/2 years obummer has put us in debt over 10 Trillion.
Erin Faulk August 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Luckily, Roger, NASA offers a pretty complete explanation of why it is exploring Mars, and what it hopes to achieve by doing so. I don't believe that "to prove that we can" is listed as one of their reasons, but you can explore the project yourself at this website: http://marsrover.nasa.gov/science/ Additionally, I'm in agreement with Mike and Amanda. There's been a lot of discussion lately about our differences, and it seems like those bases have been covered. Lets move forward in these conversations with a positive outlook.
Jean Smith August 26, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Chef I got a kick out of this today in email and thought I would share Thank You Mr. Obama... ... For slashing Medicare for seniors by 716 BILLION DOLLARS! ... For promoting homosexuality and sodomy! ... For supporting the murder of babies in the womb! ... For putting jobs for illegals before jobs for Americans! ... For protecting the criminal activities of the BATF, DOJ and Eric Holder! ... For secretly and quietly disarming the US Military! ... For assisting our enemies and subverting the US Constitution! ... For turning American against American, black against white... ... For doubling the US Debit with absolutely no results! ... For refusing to enforce US marriage laws! ... For refusing to enforce US immigration laws! ... For stopping the Keystone Pipeline and killing US jobs! ... For forcing every American to purchase bad health insurance! ... For stopping the Keystone Pipeline and increasing the cost of gas! ... For stopping oil drilling in the Gulf and increasing the cost of gas! ... For blocking coal production and increasing the cost of energy! ... For encouraging class warfare, young vs. old, poor vs. rich, black vs white... ... For turning our allies into enemies and our enemies into nuclear superpowers! ... For turning our schools into government propaganda centers... mmm, mmm, mmm! ... For dividing our great nation... citizen against citizen, Democrat against Republican... Vote American This Time! Vote Romney/Ryan
Bunny Lebowski August 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM
The main reason they're exploring Mars is so that when we elect a new king, I can skip town. Just kidding, I like where this conversation is going. Agreed. People need to put aside their differences and talk about what's going on. But do I think people will ever agree on a solution to the national debt? Heck no. I do agree with Roger though, on his point about NASA though. Does it really matter to me when we determine the climate or geography of Mars? Um no. Besides having an impressive fact at my disposal I don't think this concerns me or (more importantly) my tax dollars. Then again, talk to a physics or astronomy professor and they might tell you otherwise. And before anybody goes off on a "NASA is awesome and here's why" tangent I'm using the example of NASA to refer to things the government does that I simply have no use for or don't care about.
Erin Faulk August 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I think that's a good point, Bunny. Probably a lot of what's happening on Mars right now doesn't affect the average American, and might not for a good long time. I think it's interesting to follow the exploration though. What's happening right now could appear in the science books—or even the history books—that my children and grandchildren read. All research starts small, I suppose.


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