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RNC Dispatch: Local Delegates Cheer Romney

Politicos from Rockland, Westchester, Putnam sound off on Republican National Convention happenings

In more ways than one, Tuesday night was the linchpin moment of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, FL.

The first day due to , Tuesday evening housed an official GOP nomination of Mitt Romney for president—and a stirring speech by his wife, Ann.

Sen. Greg Ball (R,C - Patterson) was on the convention floor when Romney snagged the party's nomination. The former Massachusetts governor earned the required delegate votes with ease, securing his place on November's ballot alongside vice presidential hopeful congressman Paul Ryan.

"There's a real energy that exists," Ball told Patch Wednesday morning. "It's a great convention."

Romney's nomination left many Ron Paul supporters with a sour taste, however—not due to Romney's landslide nomination victory, but because what many perceived as a calculated snub. RNC officials refused to repeat the number of delegates Paul received when reciting each state's vote tally.

Ball said he crossed paths with a handful of perturbed Paul followers.

"We've got to come together as Independents, Moderates, Republicans and Conservatives," he said, stressing the importance of party unity. "We have to take on Obama, and take back the country on solid footing."

On the heels of Romney's nomination were a spate of speeches from notable GOP members, including acerbic New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and once-presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

But Ann Romney—with a proclamation on her husband's character, and tales of her battles with cancer and MS—was undoubtedly the capstone. Her speech left many Republicans, and some newscasters, teary-eyed.

"Ann Romney was a real rock star," Ball said. "[She] connected well with the crowd and, I believe, America."

Ball supplied his 4,000 Facebook page followers with live updates and photographs Tuesday night.

"She is amazing," he wrote during Ann Romney's moment on stage. "That's a first lady. What a great person."

Rockland delegate Vincent Reda, chairman of the county's Republican Committee, that he and other local delegates are ready for business.

Rockland County executive C. Scott Vanderhoef was in Tampa Bay Monday, but .

Paul Ryan is slated to deliver his speech Wednesday night.

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Michael Ruschak August 31, 2012 at 02:16 PM
The decision to close the plant was made before the President took office.
Michael Ruschak August 31, 2012 at 04:52 PM
CBS NEWS website, Fox NEWS website and the Boston Herald online are not news sites? And you're telling me NPR is a credible news source and not the "lamestream media" to you?
Mike August 31, 2012 at 05:01 PM
FACT: plant CLOSED June 2009 FACT: Obama is POTUS Jan 2009 FACT: June is after Jan FACT: Ryan is correct
Mike August 31, 2012 at 05:08 PM
http://www.jsonline.com/business/130171578.html?ipad=y http://gazettextra.com/news/2009/feb/19/gm-plant-last-day-finalized/ Why would a local paper indicate the plsnt closed in 2009 (story written in 2009) long before Ryan was on ticket? You see when you fsct check correctly, you need to remove bias and go directly to the local source.
Michael Ruschak August 31, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Wait a second.From your JS article: "Since they were shut down in 2009, both the Janesville and Tennessee plants have been on standby status, meaning they were not producing vehicles, but they were not completely shut down." Stand by is not shut down is it? And from Gazz: "The UAW was seeking a commitment from the company to add jobs and reopen idled plants as part of talks on a new four-year contract. A local task force, however, hopes that can all be avoided. The group is lobbying the automaker to award Janesville a different product." Pesky things those facts. So go ahead and explain why stand by and shut down are the same thing or some such nonsense. I'm not going to waste any more time with your spin.

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