Locals Head to Tampa for RNC - WSET.com - ABC13

Locals Head to Tampa for RNC


Lynchburg, VA - There are a few people in Lynchburg that were selected to head to Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

The men selected see their trip to Tampa as the ultimate American honor; a true tradition of democracy, where they get to be front and center on a national stage.

"A lot of these buttons really went like hot cakes," said Wendell Walker as he holds up a Sarah Palin pin.

Walker has been to a convention... or two.

"This will be my third convention that I'm going to," he said.

It's become somewhat of a tradition attending each RNC since 2000. He's been both a delegate and a spectator. This time around, Walker's one of Virginia's alternate delegates. He says regardless of role, the excitement never fades.

"The excitement probably won't hit me until I walk in that coliseum Monday morning, and realize, I am one of the privileged people that Virginians have chosen to be there to represent them," he said.

Frank Landrey is a 6th Congressional District delegate. After raising $2,000, and paying his own way to travel the 16 hours to Tampa, he says he's going for one reason.

"I've heard enough of all the platitudes. And here I sit, going on 72 years old, 40 years of voting and working the polls, and I see us $16 trillion in debt, even with Republicans in and out," he said.

So now both men with their republican red suitcases are ready to have their voices heard.

As for a storm, even that can't crush their excitement.

"Whether it's a tropical depression or whether it's a hurricane, that God will listen to us and push that thing way out into the gulf," said Walker.

Both men said they're looking forward to hearing the national party platform; something that's created at the convention. But the pinnacle of next week, they say will be when Mitt Romney takes that stage and accepts his party's nomination.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.