Debbie Hymore-Tester has become a huge advocate for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney…but she doesn’t like to fly. When she heard that she had been chosen to be a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, she was, of course, honored and excited. But it still meant she had to fly to get there. She summoned up all the courage she could and boarded the airplane, even though there was a major concern that the flight may be bumpy thanks to the hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. She strapped herself in her seat belt, closed her eyes and hung on for dear life for the 3 hour flight. She made it!
The Ohio delegation was featured at the convention since it is one of 10 or so key “Swing States” in the 2012 election. They were seated right in front of the stage and podium where most of the speeches and action would be taking place. Hymore-Tester enjoyed the experience to the max, rubbing elbows with Ohio’s political super stars, Governor John Kasich, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate candidate Josh Mandel.
She particularly enjoyed the speech made by movie mogul Clint Eastwood when he did his famous “empty chair” debate. However there was much work to be done from the beginning to the end of the convention that was cut short for one day due to the hurricane threat. The Ohio Delegation had a caucus every morning and heard from Republican top spokesman Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, now famous for playing President Obama in Mitt Romney’s debate prep.
Hymore-Tester still questions why the media portrays Romney as “unlikeable”. “He is highly intelligent, graduated cum laude from some of the best schools in the country, and has lived a life absent drugs and alcohol,” says the former Mayor.
Debbie Hymore-Tester had a ball in Tampa, and came back fired up and ready to do her part in helping Romney and other Republican candidates get elected in 2012. There is now less than 30 days to the election, and the former Mayor believes this may be the most important election in her lifetime.