SC at the RNC: The delegation

August 27, 2012 

Romney 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann leave Brewster Academy after finishing convention preparations for the day on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EVAN VUCCI — AP

Who’s representing South Carolina at the convention?

Among the 26-member SC delegation at the convention are a handful of elected officials: state Rep. Alan Clemmons of Horry County, state Sen. Davis of Beaufort County, state Sen. Larry Grooms of Berkeley County, SC Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell of Charleston County and state Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis Jr. of Lexington County.

Delegates from the Midlands are: Sandra Bryan of Richland County, former SC GOP chairman Katon Dawson of Richland , Drew McKissick of Richland, Randy Page of Lexington, state Attorney General staffer Adam Piper of Richland, Kevin Thomas of Fairfield County, and Roxanne Wilson of Lexington, wife of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson.

The 26 SC alternates include : state Rep. Nathan Ballentine of Richland, a close political ally of Gov. Haley; Chris Barczak of Richland; lobbyist Tony Denny of Lexington; and Kelly Payne of Richland, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for state superintendent of education in 2010.

What will the SC delegates be doing?

Tampa’s Isaac-influenced weather was very windy and drizzly Sunday afternoon as SC GOP delegates made their way into town.

Traffic was heavy, and law enforcement officers were clearly visible, keeping a close eye on all of it, including protesters. A cluster of women, dressed up in costumes meant to look like a female body part, advocated for women’s access to abortion.

SC delegates met at their hotel at 3:30 p.m. for orientation, then were scheduled to board buses to head to parties sponsored by communications giant AT&T and the Republican National Convention.

According to the SC GOP, their schedule for the rest of the week includes:

• Today: A breakfast address by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, also including other members of the Florida congressional delegation and Gov. Haley; a reception hosted by railroad giant CSX; and another reception hosted by U.S. Sen. Graham. (It’s scheduled to end at 2 a.m.)

• Tuesday: A harbor cruise, a reception hosted by Gov. Haley, and a party co-hosted by the Flour construction and the Duke Energy utility giants. (It could be another late night as that reception is scheduled to end in the wee hours, too.)

• Wednesday: A breakfast with SC congressmen, a reception hosted by insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield and a “Southern states party” at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Bucs.

• Thursday: A breakfast with an “unnamed special guest.” That night, of course, Romney accepts the GOP presidential nomination.

The State’s Gina Smith is in Tampa this week, covering the GOP convention from a SC point of view. Visit our Campaign 2012 page to read Smith’s articles and online updates during the day.

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