N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, is among those braving the weather in Tampa this week for the 2012 Republican National Convention, but he’s not letting the wind and rain dampen his spirits.
He told the Times-News during a phone call Tuesday that the place is still buzzing with excitement.
“It’s fun to be a part of,” he said.
The convention was officially opened on Monday, but activities were delayed until Tuesday due to Hurricane Isaac.
Saine was invited to attend the event by a friend of his out of Mooresville who is serving as a delegate, something he knows a little bit about. Saine previously served as an alternate delegate at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.
Referring to this year’s RNC as a “working vacation,” he said he’s been able to meet with legislators from various states in addition to spending time with the North Carolina delegation, which also includes Susanne Sellers of Denver. A member of the Lincoln County Board of Elections, she is serving as a delegate to the convention from the 10th Congressional District.
On Monday, Saine was able to hear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie address the state’s delegates during a breakfast function. Saine said Christie referred to North Carolina as a “state of consequence” in November’s election and urged those in attendance to work hard to encourage voter turnout that could make the difference in the presidential race.
Also during his address, which Saine described as “very pointed,” Christie highlighted the importance of the North Carolina governor’s race and getting former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory elected.
Another big-name speaker addressed the North Carolina delegation Tuesday, when former presidential candidate Herman Cain took the floor. Saine said he spoke to delegates in the morning, prior to the official start of Day 2.
Saine, who noted Tuesday afternoon that he was scheduled to “Skype in” to the East Lincoln Republican Women’s meeting later Tuesday to give a convention update, plans to attend the lineup of speeches taking place throughout the remainder of the convention, concluding with Mitt Romney accepting the GOP nomination Thursday evening.