Ron Paul Rally next door to Oklahoma Delegation Hotel
Political Conventions are a flurry of different activities. Although business is conducted that is very serious, there are a number of events to attend for the Delegates, Alternates, and their guests. This year's GOP National Convention is no different. The big show starts off with "The Welcome Event" at Tropicana Field, billed as the "largest welcome event in the history of the Convention". This is where it gets interesting.
To attend the Republican National Committee (RNC) welcome event, you must be "credentialed and invited". More than 20,000 guests will be at this event, which starts at 6 p.m. There is a hitch, however, with security. It seems that after lengthy negotiations plans have fallen through to reasonably accommodate those who attend the Ron Paul "We are the Future" rally. This is the only Rally that Ron Paul is scheduled to speak at - he has not been invited to speak to the Convention.
In a Sunday evening conference call, the Ron Paul campaign disclosed the reason for the change of plans. It seems the Secret Service decided a full search of all persons and buses from the Ron Paul Rally to Tropicana Field would now be required. Since this would take several hours, and the Rally has numerous speakers scheduled with Dr. Paul scheduled for one hour himself, there is no logistical way to attend both events. Dr. Paul will be speaking from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., leaving only one hour to board buses, go to the other stadium, and find seating before the other program begins. This will be more difficult that normal beyond the added security, since the Sun Dome is sold out - so there will be 10,000 people trying to leave at once.
As the saying goes, plans are made to be broken. Working fast on their feet, the Paul Campaign has arranged an alternate venue for an after party: Whiskey Joe's, at 7720 West Courtney Campbell Causeway. This venue, which can hold a large beach party, will also host a private dinner and photo opportunity for Delegates and Alternates with Dr. Paul. Guests are suggested to enjoy the tiki bar on the beach, until the reception is over. At 8 p.m., the entertainment starts with Jimmie Vaughn, Aimee Allen, Jordan Page, and John Popper of the Blues Travelers with Ron Noyes. Oklahoma Delegation members have already had the opportunity to see Jordan Page, at the pre-state-convention Liberty Pep Rally.
To close the night will be a short walk for those in the Oklahoma Delegation - the hotel is right next door, the Best Western Bay Harbour Hotel, at 7700 West Courtney Campbell Causeway. We hope everyone joins us for the fun.