Virginia Delegates Get Ready for Convention
MINNEAPOLIS --The 123 members of Virginia's delegation to the Republican National Convention started to arrive in the Twin Cities Saturday.
A Radisson hotel near the University of Minnesota will be home to both the Virginia and U.S. Virgin Islands delegations for the next week. Huge banners erected on the front of the hotel greeted both groups.
The Republican of Virginia is providing each delegation member with a goodie bag -- courtesy of corporate sponsors CSPAN, Capitol One and others -- that includes Virginia peanuts, hand sanitizer, an alarm clock, a red-and-blue stress ball in the shape of an elephant, a small towel and a pin with the American and Virginia flags.
The Republican National Committee also supplies each delegate from across the nation with its own gift -- a bag that includes a copy of Sen. John McCain's book Faith of My Fathers, a pocket guide to the U.S. Constitution, a pedometer, a water bottle, popcorn and macaroni and cheese.
State party staffers were working late into the night Saturday to organize transportation and activities for the 63 delegates and 60 alternates. The delegation will kick off each morning with a breakfast. Later, shuttles will transport members across the Mississippi River to the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul for convention activities.
The Virginia delegation is comprised of party activists and a smattering of elected officials including Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, chairman of the delegation: Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling; former governor and senator George Allen; former governor and U.S. Senate candidate James S. Gilmore III; U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore; Del. Christopher B. Saxman of Staunton; Del. Timothy D. Hugo of Fairfax; Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William; Del. Robert B. Bell of Charlottesville; and Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick of Prince William, who is chairman of the state party.
U.S. Sen. John W. Warner, U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake and U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor are not serving as delegates but are expected to attend.
August 31, 2008; 12:44 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , At the 2008 Conventions , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , Eric Cantor , George F. Allen , James Gilmore III , John McCain , John W. Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Thomas M. Davis III
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