I'm a Ron Paul National Delegate, and I'm asking for help with the hotel!Submitted by kentj1 on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 04:35
My name is Joe Kent, and I am the Maui National Delegate for Ron Paul. I am asking for a donation to help me pay for my hotel in Tampa.
Here are my costs:
One night at the hotel room costs $277 per day. (see update below)
I'm staying in Tampa for 8 days
= $2216 (see update below)
That's quite a lot of money for a hotel! I am already working two second jobs to try to raise enough funds, but with my car breaking down -- it's almost impossible for me to support Ron Paul without going into major debt!
Would you please consider contributing whatever you can to help me go to Tampa?
I am an adamant Ron Paul supporter all the way, with a unique gift in helping liberals and conservatives see things from Ron Paul's point of view.
Believe me, I do not enjoy asking people for money, and I would never ask unless this was a serious matter on my end.
Thank you so much for considering.
I really appreciate it!
Hi, thank you so much for considering, I apologize for not getting back in time but I'm on Maui time zone. We were told we shouldn't look for cheaper hotels because that would make it extremely difficult to get to the assigned hotel (the $277 hotel) in time for the official bus to the convention -- and if we missed that ride we would be blocked from entering. Also they were saying that schmoozing with the other delegations at the assigned hotel is part of the process of changing attitudes about issues, and hopefully getting them to vote on your side. But I just simply don't have that money, and my car broke down last night, and so I wrote this message in a panic!
But I woke up this morning with an e-mail from the Ron Paul campaign -- apparently they are trying to coordinate getting us to stay at the Motel 6 for $85 a day! Phew!
The RP campaign is saying they will give us a ride every morning from the Motel 6 to the assigned hotel in time to make the official bus.
This whole thing is a racket. I kept trying to find people who live in Florida that I could just stay with, but the delegation party STRONGLY RECOMMENDED just biting the bullet and paying the high fare, because they were afraid I would get lost in traffic and miss the morning ride.
Long story short, the Ron Paul campaign came through last night, and is allowing us to stay at a Motel 6 for $85.00 a night, and they'll bus us where we need to go. That comes out to about $680, which is much easier for me to handle.
The reason I'm staying eight days: that's the minimum recommended number of days. You have to be early in order to register, or you'll miss the window and be blocked. There are just so many hoops to jump through in order to be allowed into the convention that it just makes you want to bite the bullet and pay whatever they ask, because they keep threatening with "You may not be let in the convention if you don't do this!"
I hope I've answered all your questions. Again, I feel embarrassed that I even had to ask anyone to pay for my way. I believe in personal responsibility and I've never asked anyone for money. But when my car broke down last night, I realized that all the money I've been saving just flew out the window and I started to panic. If you still would like to donate, to be honest, I would really appreciate it, but I THINK I can manage this cheaper fare a little better. I've spent the past eight years donating to the campaign on every cycle, so I know what it's like -- nobody wants to waste their hard earned money.
TL;DR: Ron Paul Campaign came through last night and is helping delegates stay at the Motel 6 for $85 a night.