Delafield resident Brian Dorow is a guest of Wisconsin delegate Steve Ziegler at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27 through 30. Dorow will send dispatches from the GOP event to share his experience.
Tommy Thompson, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Brian Dorow and Georgia Maxwell stop for a photo on Aug. 29 prior to Mitt Romney's nomination speech.
Wisconsin delegate Steve Ziegler and Gov. Scott Walker stop for a photo on Aug. 29. Wisconsinites attended a beer and brat event prior to Paul Ryan's nomination speech.
Waukesha residents Jerry and Judie Couri hold a banner for the Tommy Thompson campaign during GOP convention festivities on Aug. 29.
Mitt Romney's son, Craig (left) poses for a photo with Delafield resident Brian Dorow and Colleen Coyle at the GOP convention on Aug. 29.
Waukesha County GOP director Cathy Waller, Candee Arndt, Danny Gokey, Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Alberta Darling post for a photo prior to Mitt Romney's acceptance speech on Aug. 30.
Paul Ryan waves to the crowd during his acceptance speech on Aug. 29. You can see an image of his wife on the large screen in the background.
A woman holds a sign in support of Mitt Romney during the GOP convention. Delafield resident Brian Dorow attended the event as a guest to Wisconsin delegate Steve Ziegler. He took photos and shared his experience at the event with Lake Country Publications.
Balloons are released during Mitt Romney's nomination acceptance on Aug. 30.
Delafield resident Brian Dorow took this photo to show one's view during
Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the GOP National Convention on Aug. 30. Dorow attended the convention as a guest to Wisconsin delegate Steve Ziegler. He shared his experience with Lake Country Publicatins for this blog.
Commemorative button you can purchase at 2012 RNC convention.
Sen. Leah Vukmir and Robin Moore.
Republican Party of Waukesha County Executive Director Cathy Waller (right) and daughter, Kelsey.
Republican National Convention Chairman Reince Priebus speaking Tuesday.
Gov. Scott Walker speaking at the RNC.
First lady Tonette Walker and Waukesha resident Jerry Couri.
Sen. Ron Johnson and Brian Dorow.
Members of the Waukesha County RNC delegates and guests are (front row, from left) Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Judie Couri, Candee Arndt, Cathy Waller, Robin Moore and Karen Mueller, (back row), Brian Dorow, John Macy, Jerry Couri, Terry Dietrich and Steve Ziegler.
Delafield resident Brian Dorow is a guest of Wisconsin delegate Steve Ziegler at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Dorow has been with others from Waukesha County for the last few days experiencing what he calls the buzz at the convention. He shared some of his experience and photos with Lake Country Publications for this blog on local experiences at the convention.
Here's what he had to say:
“There is a lot of excitement. A high level of energy. You can just see it; this place is alive, it’s buzzing,” Dorow said of the convention.
He said events begin with breakfast at 8 a.m. and go through the day with gatherings, meetings, parties and more that can extend into the early morning hours. “I’ve personally been in bed by 10:30-11 every night,” Dorow said with a laugh.
On Tuesday though, he and others from the area were ramping up for the actual start of the convention at 2 p.m. The event was delayed a bit because of Hurricane Isaac, but Dorow said the earlier prediction of severe weather turned out to be only drizzles and later sunshine.
Dorow said Wisconsin events are some of the highest-ticket items at the convention because of the excitement with the recent announcement of Paul Ryan’s vice presidential nomination, Republican National Convention Chairman being Wisconsinite Reince Priebus, the possibility of Tommy Thompson being a second senator from Wisconsin and of course, Gov. Scott Walker.
When asked about the reaction from those attending from around the country to Walker’s presence, said there’s a lot of excitement.
Walker was scheduled to speak on Tuesday and following him is Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Dorow said beyond its impactful presence at the convention, Wisconsin delegates also have among the best seats in the house for events. He also said he’s noticed the high level of security.
“It’s amazing how they have set this place up. It’s absolutely secured. They have fences up, buses moving folks from one point to another. They went out of their way to secure this event,” said Dorow.
He said there are protesters, but they can’t get within an arm’s length of the attendees.
Watch for more dispatches from Dorow as the convention continues this week.