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Vail’s Ferry at RNC: Heated discussions center around rule change

Kaye Ferry
Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

Editor’s note: This dispatch describes Monday at the Republic National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Day 2: The day that was cancelled. Far from it.

The surprise guest at the breakfast meeting was Matt Romney, No. 2 son. And what a cutie. He has the same laid back manner as his father and you can imagine what Mitt looked like when he was younger. I had a phone conference last week with Josh, and those are some nice boys.

Of course, Matt’s job today fit the goal of the Romney campaign at the convention – to make Mitt Romney more likeable, one of the guys, someone you can relate to. Personally, I’ve never been too concerned with whether I like a politician, I’d much rather focus on what skills they bring to the job. But Matt did his job, sharing family stories, thanking us for our service and asking us for our continued support.

And then we got down to party/Colorado business. As many of you are aware, there have been many competing factions within the Republican party during this election season. That was clear again today as the Colorado delegates took the roll call, which will be reported tomorrow when the convention reconvenes. Ryan Call, state party chair, will announce the results when called upon by Reince Priebus, chair of the RNC. The split was between Romney and abstain. By the time I started keeping track, I know I had missed a few but it was roughly two-thirds Romney and one-third abstain. I’m not sure what that will mean tomorrow, but it will make for an interesting day.

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We then moved to a discussion of proposed rule changes. The RNC Rules Committee typically meets throughout the year to address issues as they arise, but the scope is limited and major changes can only be proposed and ratified at the convention every four years. Rule 12 would allow the RNC to actually make changes in between those times.

Rule 15 is far more complicated and almost impossible to understand. It would pretty substantially change the delegate selection process and the expectation is that before the vote tomorrow, compromises will be negotiated to make the changes more palatable. As it stood today, the discussions were heated and in some cases polarizing.

But as late as 1 a.m., I received a printed memo that was slid under my door attempting to influence support for one side. A group will be presenting a “minority report” tomorrow asking for a vote against the proposed changes. So it would seem that a compromise has not yet been reached but, hey, there’s still 12 hours before the vote and anything can happen.

As for tomorrow, it’s shaping up to be a killer. We start out with a 9 a.m. breakfast meeting and a lunch cruise on Tampa Bay, but then it’s down to serious business. With four days of work compressed in to three, the schedule is packed. The convention reconvenes at 2. There will the votes on rules, the roll call of the states and a long list of speeches culminating with Ann Romney somewhere around 9 and Chris Christie after that. The night will end with a Trace Adkins concert.

As for the weather, sun in and out all day with light rail filling the voids. So much for weather forecasts.

Eagle County Republicans Chairwoman Kaye Ferry, of Vail, is a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. She is sending dispatches to the Vail Daily from the convention.

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