By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published May 3, 2012
The Republican National Committee recently released the hotel assignments for state delegations at the convention in Tampa this summer.
The Florida delegation was severely penalized with an assignment at the lovely Innisbrook Resort — 40 miles away and probably a two-hour commute from downtown Tampa the week of the convention. The RNC’s slight came as a result of the Legislature (dominated by Republicans) thumbing its nose at the RNC when the state chose a presidential preference primary date outside the committee’s preferences.
The RNC retaliation means Florida delegates will have the longest commute of any delegates and will have to endure long days on their feet without a chance for a mid-afternoon nap, or a place to freshen up before the prime-time activities.
The District of Columbia, which has about 287 resident Republicans when Congress is not in session, scored the Wyndham Tampa Westshore. Even the delegation of the postage-stamp-size island of Guam fared better, with an assignment at the Clearwater Beach Hilton.
If you believe in reading between the lines, the hotel assignment suggests all the talk about Sen. Marco Rubio being on Mitt Romney’s short list for vice president is just hype. Rubio will be lamenting all those unexplainable American Express card charges while riding a bus down U.S. 19 on his way to the convention center. If he… (click here to read the rest of the column in The Tampa Tribune)
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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