2012 NC GOP Convention

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Sunday Jun 3, 2012 Under Politics, Travel

I just got back from the 2012 NC GOP Convention. It was so much fun to go with Pam Kerley who had never been. I loved showing her the ropes. We arrived on Friday such in time for a lunch at the LiberTea Suite and to hear Tim Daughtry speak. He did a excellent job speaking on how to defend and promote Constitutional conservatism. EVERY conservative should read his book – Waking the Sleeping Giant. I have not read it yet but after listening to his talk it has to be good and it is in the stack. It is time we stop just talking about taking back our country and start obtaining the tools to get it back. This book is a great start. The LiberTea Suite was awesome all weekend and we visited several times.



After lunch, we stayed for the Council of State races forum. I am not just saying this because I am a Dan fan but he knocked it out of the park.  Tony Gurley seemed nervous – maybe it was being in a room full of red shirts. Dan came across as the statesman in the room. Dan has visited every county at least once – many multiple times. Gurley spent money on ads. It is clear that Dan will be a Lt Governor that listens and is their to serve the people of North Carolina. The next stark difference was Ed Goodwin and Kenn Gardner in the Secretary of State race. Goodwin took command of the forum and seemed confident. Gardner read from his notes about weeding the garden. I loved when Goodwin said if we can track a cow from birth to table we should just give each illegal immigrant a cow. John Tedsco and Richard Alexander – State Superintendent were next. This was a little closer with both making really good points but Tedsco seems to have the momentum. Mike Causey spoke. His opponent, Richard Morgan, did not bother to show up. We MUST defeat Morgan in July. If you don’t know his background then ask me and I will give you the details. Many of the attendees went to see Donald Trump that night.  Pam and I started visiting the hospitality suites early. After Trump,  Dan’s suite was packed and we heard about the ice cream all weekend.

On Saturday, we started the day at a breakout where Speaker of the House Thom Tillis gave a legislative update and held a town hall type meeting. We caught up with him later at a hospitality suite and got a photo. (see photo at top) We had a great conversation about this visit with Rep. Mike Stone to Turkey. At lunch we heard Gov Tim Pawlenty and dinner Gov Rick Perry. Surprising, I liked Pawlenty speech the best but everyone was on the same page which is this is a key election and we need to get behind Roomney.  My favorite quote from Pawlenty –  “We have to stop running the government like an open bar.” My favorite Perry quote -“Whether you’re Tarheel blue or Blue Devil blue, we can all agree that this November North Carolina needs to be Wolfpack red.”  We re-elected Rep David Lewis as National Committeeman and Ada Fisher as National Committeewoman. We approved the platform and some resolutions but the highlight of the business meeting was an inspiring speech from our the future governor of NC – Pat McCory.  The night ended much like the one before with a little dancing and AWESOME comedy from Steven Crowder added in.

Sunday morning we went to the Prayer Breakfast which was another highlight of the weekend. I loved hearing Dale Folwell, US Rep Virginia Foxx, Justice Paul Newby and Ralph Reed speak. As Christians , I feel more and more strongly that is our RESPONSIBILITY  to take back our culture and our country. After this weekend, I have hope that we have some excellent people to help accomplish this goal but we need many more people to get engaged in the process. After breakfast, we had some photos taken  to prove we do have other clothes besides Dan T-shirts. I am already looking forward to next year in Charlotte when we will have a Roomney as President, Pat as Govenor, Dan as Lt Governor, Ed as Secretary of Stake, Mike as Commissioner of Issuance, Newby still on the NC Supreme Court, Lewis, Stone and Jordan still in the NC House,and  Brock still in the State Senate. Now that is going to be a party!! David Lewis better go ahead and get reserve us a big suite!!

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