Deb Billado: The heartaches and joys of nominating a president

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I wish to thank all our elected delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention for competing, winning, and being recognized as worthy of representing Vermont Republicans in Florida. Some have already paid for travel that in most cases is non-refundable and have made other sacrifices to attend the Jacksonville reunion that had to be canceled due to public safety concerns.

There will be six of us who are fortunate enough to be taking part in the business component of the convention that will be held in Charlotte, N.C. with 330 others from around the nation. Those of our group going there are Laura Benner, Suzanne Butterfield, Anya Tynio, Jay Shepard, Janssen Willhoit and myself.

While the ceremonial part of the convention will not occur, this part of the process is particularly important for the nomination of President Trump and Vice President Pence and is our priority and duty to America. While it is business we are going there to attend to, we just might be blessed with a chance to meet our leaders in person, shake their hands and thank them.

Those who were so looking forward to their sunshine state adventure, I would like them to think about how sweet it will be for all of us to attend the inauguration after President Trump destroys Joe Biden and his Democrat puppet masters at the polls.

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I want to share some words from our delegates and alternates as well as note that there has not been a disparaging word heard and they are all glad for the part they are playing in choosing our president.

Lawrence Zupan expressively voiced that "Speaking for myself, I will miss the privilege of being part of history in helping personally to nominate the most important crossroads president of my not-so-short lifetime. While every presidential election holds great pith and moment, I believe that the very survival of the Republic bequeathed to us by the founders is in great peril at this very moment. I truly believe that President Donald Trump's continuation as our president is, besides the direct intervention of Almighty God, the only thing to prevent the destruction of our nation."

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Laura Benner who will be in Charlotte shared, "Although saddened that we will not be holding a traditional, in person convention, I believe that President Trump's team is working hard and will still make it special in some way. Looking forward to a WIN come November!"

Rachel Stringer echoed much the same thing as well as saying that her " heart goes out to all people who have suffered loss during this pandemic. I respect President Trump's decision to protect all those who would have traveled to Jacksonville. Our focus now is to work together to strengthen each other, build unity, and pray for the common good of our country and the world."

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Mark Candon hit it on the head with his feelings that "The real shame is the American public will not be able to note the easy contrast between free Republicans happily supporting an excellent team, versus the jaded press and cynical Dem party hiding their feeble excuse for reflooding the swamp."

Anya Tynio wraps up those who shared with me by thankfully expressing that, "I am honored to serve as a delegate in Charlotte. To me, casting my vote for President Trump is equivalent to voting for a prosperous, secure, and bright future for America. I look forward to celebrating his victory in November."

I too am honored and humbled by the opportunity you have given me to lead this group in Charlotte and to put into nomination the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Deb Billado is chair of the Vermont Republican Party.


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