Gov’s Dad a Delegate to GOP Convention; He’s Not

Gov. Bill Haslam will have access to the Republican convention, but not voting privileges as a delegate, according to Adam Nickas, executive director of the state GOP. That’s part of a rundown on East Tennesseans chosen to the Republican and Democratic conventions reported by Georgiana Vines.
Haslam’s father, James Haslam II, has been designated a Mitt Romney delegate, along with the governor’s Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty.
Knoxville public relations executive Susan Richardson Williams, a former state GOP chair, is a Romney alternate delegate..
The committee a week ago also appointed these other Knoxvillians: Daniel Dunn, at-large for Rick Santorum; Leonard Brown, an alternate for Newt Gingrich; Ted Hatfield, an alternate for Santorum.
U.S. Reps. John J. Duncan Jr. and Phil Roe, all of whom stumped for Romney prior to Tennessee’s presidential primary on March 6, will be in the same category as Haslam — access to the convention but not voting privileges.
…State Sen. Stacey Campfield was confirmed as an elected at-large delegate for Gingrich by the committee although a Gingrich aide had asked that he be replaced due to his last-minute switch to Santorum. Nickas said the committee, based on legal advice, felt the most appropriate place for a contest was before the RNC’s credentials committee.
Others from East Tennessee who either were elected delegates in March or appointed by the committee to attend the Aug. 27-30 national convention:
n Gingrich — Rep. Tony Shipley, Kingsport.
n Romney — Randy Boyd and Rep. Ryan Haynes, Knoxville.
n Santorum — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Blountville, and Rep. Jimmy Matlock, Lenoir City.
On the Democratic side, former Vice President Al Gore, who still claims Carthage as home, and former state Sen. Bill Owen of Knoxville were among nine appointed as “super” delegates to the party’s national convention in Charlotte on Sept. 3-6.
Others selected by the Tennessee Democratic Executive Committee a week ago include Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville as an at-large delegate.
Owen said former Gov. Phil Bredesen can have credentials as a former governor “whenever he wants it.”

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