This year was my first time attending the NC GOP convention as a delegate. I enjoyed seeing many of my political friends in one place and having a voice in the business sessions to determine the future of the NC GOP. It was a wonderful experience and I’ve put together just a tiny portion of the highlights from the weekend.
Friday evening I had the pleasure of hearing Former Navy Seal Benjamin Smith speak not only about his endorsement of Major Dave for NC GOP Vice Chair, but also about many of the threats we are facing from within our own government.
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers briefly addressed the crowd at the 2nd district hospitality suite. She is rumored to be considering a run for Kay Hagan’s US Senate seat.
It is always an honor to listen to Justice Paul Newby speak. He transitions with ease from talking in depth about the constitution and fundamental rights to joking about the SWAT team descending on the convention if we all took the batteries out of our cell phones.
Photobombed by Justice Newby – a first for me and definitely a highlight!
Representative Ruth Samuelson gave a legislative update from Raleigh and all the legislators in attendance each spoke briefly about legislation they were particularly proud of this session. Two of my favorite bills from this session got mentioned – the Homeschool Definitions Bill S189 and the Parental Rights Bill H711 (which is still stuck in Rules in the Senate). Lots of great bills have passed and I look forward to hearing even more about these as this session draws to a close.
*Photo Credit: John Steward. Some of the Union County representation, including Representative Dean Arp on the far left with his wife Anne. Union County is blessed with both wonderful legislators and conservative activists!
Speaker of the House Thom Tillis received a warm welcome and standing ovation at the close of his speech – though it was difficult to tell whether the content of his speech or the briefness of it was more appreciated. Let’s face it – even political nerds get tired of sitting through hours of political speeches!
Lt. Governor Dan Forest mesmerized the crowd with a rousing speech – he is always my favorite speaker.
Had a blast visiting hospitality suites Friday night and Saturday night with my roommates!
An interesting twist to the weekend was the fact that there was a Heroes convention being held in the same building at the same time as the GOP convention. Not quite sure whether some of the NC Republicans spent more time at the GOP Convention or the Heroes Convention. Next year I’m thinking the two should coordinate and we can all wear superhero costumes to the GOP convention!
Aside from all the fun stuff, we had some productive business sessions. Claude Pope was elected as the new NC GOP Chair. Joyce Krawiec was elected as the new NC GOP Vice Chair. The platform remained largely the same. Opposition to HOT lanes was added in, as well as a couple other minor issues. I opposed adding in the opposition to HOT lanes. Whether you are for or against HOT lanes, I don’t believe it’s a fundamental issue that should be in the platform. Nevertheless, I believe the NC GOP still has a strong platform that I can support going forward. Conservatives in NC must unify if we want to be successful going forward. Kay Hagan must be defeated in 2014 and I personally commit to doing everything in my power to defeat her. Will you join me?
By: Jennifer Mauney
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