Republican National Convention
Thursday, August 03, 2000

Convention Notebook


Party faithful parties hearty

The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Associated Press

        PHILADELPHIA — There are plenty of parties to hit, and nobody may be hitting them harder than alternate delegate John Mocker.

Mr. Mocker, Richwood resident and business executive, has attended at least one big party a night but usually drops in on two or three.

        Wednesday morning, Mr. Mocker was looking a little bleary-eyed as he attended the delegates regular breakfast gathering.

        ''We hit the California delegation party last night, and then went to a martini bar,'' said Mr. Mocker. ''It was a blast, but I didn't get a whole lot of sleep last night.''

        Feeding the party coffers: Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen doesn't have a Democratic opponent in November, so he took some of his campaign money to Philadelphia and had a big breakfast.

        Most of the Ohio delegation breakfasts at the convention are hosted by corporations back home, but Wednesday, at a breakfast honoring Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, Mr. Allen's campaign committee picked up the tab.

        The breakfasts are actually fund-raising events for the Ohio Republican Party. The party tries to raise $15,000 for each breakfast. It doesn't cost that much to feed the Ohioans, so the rest goes in party coffers. Mr. Allen gave $10,000 out of his campaign fund.

        ''I guess I'm not going to need the money,'' said the candidate without an opponent.

        Getting on the right track: Four years ago when he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in San Diego, lawyer Marc Carey had nothing but airline travel headaches as he and his family tried to get in and out of California.

        So this year Mr. Carey, an alternate delegate from Owen County, and his wife, Harriet, bagged the skies and came to Philadelphia on a train, the Amtrak Cardinal.

        ''It was great, absolutely wonderful and very romantic,'' said Mr. Carey, the chairman of the 4th District GOP.

        ''The service was great, the food was great, the view was incredible and we didn't get stuck in any airports.''

        Roll call catches N.H. off guard: New Hampshire delegates to the Republican National Convention cast all 17 of their votes for George W. Bush, but some of them missed the big moment. They had the wrong day.

        ''We would have liked to have been there for the vote, but we thought it was tomorrow night,'' state party Chairman Steve Duprey said late Tuesday night after the vote.

        Convention planners this year spread the roll call over several nights rather than doing the whole vote on one night as is traditional. Tuesday night's roll call started with Kansas and concluded with North Carolina.

        Mr. Duprey and the others were at a restaurant when the roll was called. The group arrived at the convention later, in time for Arizona Sen. John McCain's speech.

        From New York to Hollywood?: Subbing for Bruce Willis in the next Die Hard: New York Gov. George Pataki. In his dreams, perhaps. But the governor will be able to say he once filled in for the action star. GOP National Convention organizers said last weekend that Mr. Willis would narrate a tribute to former Republican presidents Tuesday night. Instead, Mr. Pataki took over the chore. The actor's spokesman, Paul Bloch, said Mr. Willis had talked to the GOP about a convention role but it was never nailed down.

        ''It was a scheduling conflict,'' Mr. Bloch said. ''He couldn't be there.''

        Mr. Bloch wouldn't say where Mr. Willis was or what kept him away.

        Feeling glassy-eyed: If the Ohio delegation looked a little rough around the edges at Wednesday morning's delegation breakfast, they could not be blamed.

        Most of the delgation and the Ohio Republican Party's guests at the Republican National Convention here loaded on to buses after the Tuesday night session and headed to a reception at the New Jersey Aquarium honoring the Ohio congressional delegation.

        It was 3 a.m. Wednesday by the time many got back to downtown Philadelphia. The delegation breakfast started at 8 a.m.

        Earlier in the day, many Ohio delegates had to walk a gauntlet of protesters yelling at them and pulling at the credentials around their necks as they hiked down Walnut Street to the Zanzibar Blue Jazz Club for a presession reception.

        ''I have a feeling coffee is going to be at a premium here today,'' Ohio Republican Party chairman Bob Bennett told the breakfast crowd.

        Ohio Auditor Jim Petro is going to skip some of the social events walk the eight blocks from the Ohio delegation hotel to see the Liberty Bell.

        ''I haven't seen it since I was about 12 years old, and it's the one thing I wanted to do while I was here,'' Mr. Petro said.

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