Welcome one and all to live coverage of the Connecticut Republican Convention in Hartford. My name is Tom Lambert and I’ll be acting as an alternate delegate from Fairfield this weekend with an eye into the excitement. I’ve blogged in other capacities for the CT Post but this is my first time giving political coverage a spin. Hopefully my perspective can be used as an insight into how delegates choose who exactly will be on the ballot for primaries and eventually the election this fall.
Since I’m an alternate, I should have some freedom in taking in all that I can and relaying my experiences in the form of blog posts. So check in throughout the weekend for updates and happenings from around the Connecticut Convention Center. Also check my Twitter account for updates @TomSLambert for up to the minute reactions (exciting, right?).
In the way of background, I’m a recent college grad (as of a few weeks ago) with a degree in political science who will be heading to law school this fall. Previous political experience includes work in the Post’s editorial department as well as a Washington D.C. internship in the office of former House Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT-4) all the way back in 2007. This convention will be my first, so brace yourself for some star-struck, wide-eyed wonderment from time to time. Apologies in advance.
This convention will be exciting though from not just my point of view but for all political junkies and concerned citizens. There is no incumbent governor or senator looking for re-nomination and in fact many if not all of the races will be highly competitive. Lots of ink has been spilled and cash burned already by candidates looking to jockey for positioning so don’t expect anyone to go down without a fight. I’m confident though that despite the competitiveness of the races, a great slate of candidates will be fleshed out for the voters to elect later on.
So check back throughout the weekend for live coverage of the state GOP convention. At the very least it should provide for some good theater.