The Illinois delegation began yesterday's morning session with an appearance from Speaker of the House, John Boehner. Boehner was focused and very direct in his assessment of just how critical the Illinois congressional delegation is to protecting our majority in Congress. We have 5 races that will, in all likelihood, decide whether or not we see Nancy Pelosi retake the Speaker's gavel. Boehner's call for action in Illinois echoed yesterday's talk by former Speaker Denny Hastert.
Illinois really matters this November.
The delegation adjourned the morning meeting and headed off to a lunch featuring Majority Leader Eric Cantor, where we were hosted by the Virginia Delegation. It was a great opportunity to meet new friends from the Commonwealth of Virginia and talk about all of the great things they're doing there to make sure Mitt Romney wins that state. After the reception, it was back to the hotel to get ready for what I was calling "the big show" - Paul Ryan's speech.
Last night's convention lineup was an all-star cast of new GOP leaders like New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez - the first female hispanic governor in US history - and familiar faces like former Secretary of State Condi Rice. With each speaker, the differences between our nominee and theirs could not be clearer. The momentum of the evening built to the person everyone in American wanted to hear and, in most cases, meet for the first time.
Paul Ryan was introduced by his wife and family, and then took the podium. As you've all seen by now, Ryan laid our a clear and compelling vision for American that's based on the principal that the government works for us, not the other way around. The delegations in attendance were on the feet for most of the speech, and the consensus among us here was the Ryan absolutely nailed it.
What did you think about what you heard? Do you agree, disagree, or have another opinion? Let us know.
Tonight, we hear from our nominee. The stakes couldn't be higher, the importance of his message tonight couldn't be clearer. There's a change in direction needed, and our nominee is the one to deliver it.
Chairman, Chicago Republican Party