MARQUETTE - Marquette County Republican Party Chairwoman Doreen Takalo of Skandia is in the Big Apple for the first time, but attending her third convention.
The local Republican Party leader is among those gathered in New York City for the GIP's 2004 National Convention this week.
"It's pretty exciting and hectic," Takalo
said Wednesday via a telephone interview with The Mining Journal
Hundreds of delegates, alternates and guests from Michigan are attending the convention along with those from the other states.Takalo
is there as a guest and is enjoying the formal activities such as the speeches from Sen.
been able to visit the Today Show
, Fox News
as well as other sites.
While widespread protests in the city have grabbed the attention of the media, Takalo
and the other delegates have been completely buffered from them thus far.
"We haven't seen any of the protesters.I don't even know where they are," Takalo
also attended the San Diego convention when Sen.
said this convention has more excitement in the air and people are friendlier.
When President Bush accepts his
party's nomination tonight, local Republicans will be gathered for a celebration at the party headquarters in downtown Marquette.Those in attendance plan to call Takalo
on the floor of the convention to get a feel for the excitement there.