Updated: August 24, 2012 at 12:00 am
Of the tens of thousands of Republicans in Colorado Springs and the rest of El Paso County, only seven will be among the 4,411 at the GOP National Convention this week in Tampa.
And only a few of those are elected officials. Even Congressman Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, isn’t going.
“While I would have enjoyed attending the Republican convention this year, I have commitments in my district, which will preclude me from being in Tampa,” Lamborn said in an email.
Lamborn has full slate of meetings scheduled in Colorado Springs, including a confab with Colorado Springs Utilities. Other Republicans said they plan on having a blast.
“We’re going to wear swimsuits and probably ride the big wave to the election,” joked state Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, referring to Tropical Storm Isaac, which was threatening to make landfall in Tampa. Lambert said he’ll be flying out Sunday morning — the convention goes Monday through Thursday.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who will be rooming with El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams, said he’ll have a great time.
“I’m not looking forward to spending the whole week the hurricane bunker,” he said, halfway tongue in cheek. “These are always a lot of fun.”
Speeches all the way through the week are basically a giant “pep rally” for the party, Suthers said. He’s looking forward in particular to hearing from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who’ll be delivering the keynote speech Tuesday night. The pair of them were served as U.S. Attorneys at the same time before they ascended to statewide office.
Lambert and Suthers are delegates from the 5th Congressional District. There’s one other from CD-5, two alternates from the district, and two alternates at the state level that are from El Paso County. The rest of Colorado’s 65 delegates are from other parts of the state.
And one of Colorado Springs’ alternates — El Paso County Treasurer Bob Balink — has decided he can’t go either. Too much county business to attend to, he said.
Lambert had initially pledged his support for former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, he said he won’t have any trouble backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumed nominee. After the primary was decided earlier this year, Santorum offered Romney his endorsement, as did many other GOP contenders, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Suthers said that though most of the attendees will coalesce around Romney, some will inevitably refuse to toe the line. Especially hardcore libertarians who favor Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
“A lot of the Ron Paul supporters are new to the process, new to the primary process. So they’re a little more resistant to the whole process. But I don’t see any of them voting for Barack Obama,” Suthers said.