Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
The Texas Republican Convention, one of the largest political gatherings in the world, was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center this past week, with the featured slogan of "Taking Back Our Country." Delegates, selected from the various county conventions held throughout the state in April, assembled together to vote on party business. During the general assembly periods, state elected officials spoke to the crowd to rally the party for the months ahead leading to the general election.
Featured speakers included Governor Rick Perry, who gave the keynote address to open the convention. Later, US Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison addressed the assembly, thanking them for the support, and spelling out the challenges faced for the future of the country at the national level. Top state officials, such as Attorney General Greg Abbott, and Railroad Commissioner Chairman Barry Smitherman assured the audience of their commitment to keeping Texas friendly to businesses, creating jobs, and fighting against threats to the will of the Texas electorate. "Watching our leaders speak was inspiring." remarked Vik Vad, the Republican candidate for Tax Assessor in Travis County. "These men and women successfully articulate the problems of our time, then give practical solutions on how to address them, then they actually go out there and do it!"
Delegates broke up first into state Senate Districts to address state party business, and later into their US Congressional District caucuses to vote on national representatives during the three day event. From the body of delegates, a few were nominated, then voted upon to become delegates to the National Convention, which will be in Tampa, Florida, in late August. "It was a flurry of activity, as these candidates campaigned within the assembly for the needed votes to go on to the National Convention," stated Vik Vad, who was also a state delegate. "In the end, our multi-county district chose some great people to represent us. In addition, we ratified the party platform after healthy debate, and we can all unite and move forward now to face the challenges in the coming months leading to the election."
The convention also featured booths and vendors promoting an array of merchandise, organizations, and even candidates. Side events included luncheons and banquets, with luminaries such as Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Herman Cain giving rousing speeches to their supporters. As the convention drew to a close, State Chairman Steve Munisteri, who himself was reelected to this post that same day, assured the crowd that the enthusiasm of the participants was not over with the convention, but that it would continue all the way to November and beyond.