Thursday Convention Recap
June 7, 2012
Chairman Steve Munisteri then welcomed delegates to Fort Worth and delivered a speech focusing on the threat posed to our Constitutional rights and individual freedom by the Democratic administration and the importance of the Republican Party of Texas continuing to stand for liberty.
Following his remarks, the Chairman introduced the members of the SREC Convention Committee, who had worked so many hours to help make the convention a success: Committee Chairman Hal Talton, Vice-Chairman Becky Berger, Jane Burch, Angie Flores, David Halvorson, Janet Jackson, Neal J. Katz, Angie King, Jan Koehne, Bonnie Lugo, Jean McIver, Rena Peden, Montie Watkins, Tom Washington and Rebecca Williamson. Then, Chairman Munisteri welcomed State Senator Jane Nelson to the stage. Senator Nelson also issued welcoming statements to the delegation and made introductions for the members of the 2012 Convention Host Committee to the stage, including: Co-Chairs Jane Burch and Neal J. Katz, Kaye Moreno, Shanda Perkins, David Wylie, David Halvorson, Mark Gonzales, Leslie Recine, Jim Borchert, Jennifer Hall, Brandon Moore and Hal Talton.
Next up, Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman took the stage and addressed the delegates with a welcome before making the introduction of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Governor Perry addressed the delegation with remarks that briefly addressed his Presidential bid and the respect that he earned for the cause of conservative values and the Texas ideal of freedom. He spoke about the "parting of world views" that exist between the Obama administration and the core values of America, and made a passionate plea for electing Mitt Romney as the next President. The Governor reminded delegates that "Texas works" because of the Republican leadership that has worked tirelessly in the past decade to pass conservative reforms to control the size and growth of government.
Following Governor Perry's remarks, Attorney General Greg Abbott was featured in an opening video. General Abbott reminded delegates of the election battle that lies ahead of us in 2012 to defeat Barack Obama, reclaim the White House, and restore economic leadership in America. In one of the most quoted lines of the convention, Abbott explained his job thusly: "my job is pretty simple. I go into the office, I sue the federal government, and then I go home!" General Abbott referenced the examples of how he is front and center in the fight against the Obama's Administration overreach, such as fighting Obamacare, the Justice Department's public warfare against the Texas Voter ID law, and the job-killing regulations from the EPA. He urged delegates to remember that America needs Texans - to stand taller, stride a little longer and reach as far as we possibly can to ensure that Texas values, principles and vision shape the future course of our country.
Next, Chairman Munisteri returned to the stage and the Convention heard reports from: the Temporary Credentials Committee, the Temporary Organization Committee, the Temporary Rules Committee and the Temporary Platform Committee.
The last item on the morning agenda was the remarks by candidates for State Party Chairman and Vice-Chairman. State Party Chairman Steve Munisteri and State Party Vice-Chairman Melinda Fredricks were both unopposed in their re-election bids. Various speakers took the podium to speak on behalf of Chairman Munisteri and Vice-Chairman Fredricks before they addressed the convention and thanked the delegates for the opportunity to serve.
Following these remarks, the convention adjourned for a lunch break before reassembling in Senate District Caucus for the purpose of electing a Permanent Caucus Chairman and members to the Permanent Committees. The RPT rolled out an experiment at this year's convention by utilizing Breakout Sessions on Thursday afternoon. Delegates, alternates and guests were able to choose from a variety of speakers and topics from State legislators, members of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, statewide elected officials and a special session led by U.S. Congressman Ron Paul.
Thursday night also featured an official RPT Delegate Welcome Party & Veteran's Salute in the Convention Arena, featuring special music from the band "The Elephants". Commemorative Veteran pins were handed out at the door for all veterans and military attendees, and attendees were treated to a special video message from Lt. Col. Congressman Allen West. Our own RNC Committeewoman Borah Van Dormolen emceed the event and gave introductions to State Senator Brian Birdwell, who also gave a rousing speech to the crowd. The entire event was provided free of charge for convention attendees and was a fantastic success!