CLEVELAND — The long-awaited 2016 Republican National Convention officially began Monday in Cleveland!
Many delegates have been here since late last week, making preparations and working on various RNC committees. My wife and I arrived in Cleveland on Saturday to a warm reception from the residents of the city. It is clear that Cleveland is well prepared and excited to be hosting this historic event.
On Monday, the delegates at the Republican National Convention approved the report from the rules committee by voice vote. This was the last remaining effort by a small minority of delegates to unbind the delegates and prevent Donald Trump from getting the nomination.
It never had a chance of succeeding, although it was supported by a small but vocal minority. Last Thursday, the rules committee voted to keep the delegates bound by a vote of 100 to 12. This was the last chance the minority had to circumvent the process.
The media is focused on the vocal minority that pressed for a roll call vote on the rules committee report, however, it is clear that that were in a distinct minority on the convention floor.
I was fortunate to be chosen several months ago as an alternate delegate for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District. The Connecticut delegation is made up of 28 delegates, 28 alternates and about 70 guests. All members of the delegation are required to pay for their own travel expenses and accommodations, along with a program fee to cover the costs of events, meals and outings.
As Weston's RTC Chairman, I am excited to directly participate in such a historic and exciting event. Although this is my first presidential convention, I have already had the opportunity to meet with other party leaders from Connecticut and across the country.
Our entire delegation is staying at the same hotel and our delegation committee has planned a host of events for the delegates and guests. When the convention is not in session, we will have group breakfasts, dinners and other events with renowned speakers and other state delegations. Our dinner speakers include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Sen. Tom Cotton.
So far, the convention floor and other events have been exhilarating. The entire Connecticut delegation is united in our task of representing the will of the voters in our state primary.
I.look forward to.providing more updates from the floor.
— Bob Ferguson
Weston Republican Town Committee Chairman