Republican National Convention
Tuesday, August 01, 2000

Notebook: Convention tightens up security

By Howard Wilkinson and Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PHILADELPHIA — Security is always tight at a political convention, but at this convention, it is even more so.

        Philadelphia police and Pennsylvania High Patrol officers are stationed in every delegation hotel in the city and at every convention venue.

        When the shuttle buses bring delegates and media to the convention site, they are stopped and searched from top to bottom — something that has never happened at a presidential nominating convention. γγγ

        Getting around a political convention's host city is often a challenge, particularly so this year for the Kentucky GOP delegates. They are staying about 25 miles from downtown Philadelphia in New Jersey.

        Sunday night they boarded two buses to take the trip into downtown Philadelphia for a dinner hosted by the Distilled Spirts Council of the United States.

        Air conditioning in one of the buses was not working.

        “Who's driving this bus,” quipped alternate delegate John Mocker of Richwood, an executive at Lally Pipe. “A Democrat?” γγγ

        Speaking of the long ride out to the delegates' Hampton Inn in Voorhees, N.J., only one of the seven Republican House and Senate members is staying with at the delegation's hotel — U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning of Southgate who is, as always, traveling with his wife, Mary.

        “That's huge,” said one Republican Party official. “... It means a lot to the people who helped elect him that Jim wants to be with them.” γγγ

        Ohio Senate President Richard Finan is chairman of a convention committee this week, but even he will tell you that the job involves no heavy lifting.

        Mr. Finan, of Evendale, is chairman of the Republican National Convention's Committee on Permanent Organizations.

        The only job is to determine which affiliated GOP organizations — groups representing women, young people, college students, minorities — will be officially recognized.

        At Monday morning's session, Mr. Finan presented his report, and it passed by acclamation.

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