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AS TROPICAL Storm Isaac begins to move away, Guam’s GOP delegates attending the 40th Republican Party Convention in Tampa, Fla., are ready to make the island proud.
The representatives are Gov. Eddie Calvo, first lady Christine Calvo, Telo Taitague, Martha Cruz Ruth, Donna Jones, Peter Alexis Ada, Arthur Clark, Jay Rojas, Dave Sablan, Mike McPhearson, and Bob Bulluck.
Rojas was contacted by the Variety for comment and reported that the actual convention was pushed back a day because of the storm. However, everyone, including the members of the Guam delegation, are ready to get into the whirl of events at the convention. Latest weather reports showed that Tropical Storm Isaac was moving from Florida and further into the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans.
“There are small events that happened throughout the convention in addition to the main convention. The governor spoke at one (yesterday), which is the Asian Pacific Islander Republican Summit,” Rojas said. “With the whole schedule change, we really have to take a look at events that are happening if they are still happening and see what we can get to.”
According to the Republican National Convention website, there are 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories gathering together to nominate the next president of the U.S. The convention is being held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Rojas said they’re ready to place their votes come Tuesday (Wednesday Guam time) in support of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
A kickoff event was held at the Tropicana baseball field, he said, where about 13,000 people were in attendance. Rojas said the entire baseball field was closed off just for the festivities.
The delegation was also treated to a fiesta sponsored by the Chamorro Club of Guam in Florida.
“There were about 40 or 50 Chamorro club members during the event – and of course the governor, the first lady, and the delegates. We were treated to red rice and barbecue and they made us feel at home,” Rojas said.