TN Republican convention notes

From the Associated Press
A Tennessee delegate to the Republican National Convention says he is disappointed the presiding officer did not allow a roll call vote on changing party rules.

The roll call vote was supported by delegates opposed to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Those seeking a roll call wanted a chance to change the rules, but the presiding officer declared the rules passed on a voice vote.

Charlie Cato is a Nashville attorney in Cleveland as a delegate for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He says the leadership should have given everyone a chance to be heard. He would have voted against the rules, although he thinks they would have passed.

Cato says the Trump campaign won a victory “but not in a way that’s likely to bring the party together in November.”

From Victor Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and a delegate, in his Monday ‘Delegate Diary’ blog post on convention activity.

Tennessee delegates led by state Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet heard Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine speak at their breakfast Monday morning before the 2016 Republican National Convention was gaveled into session.

DeWine said is predicting a tight race in Ohio but that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump would prevail. DeWine is a likely candidate for governor of Ohio in 2018.

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Norris hosted a reception for delegates Sunday and will stay thru Thursday, making contacts among the delegates.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd of Knoxville arrives Tuesday and will hold a luncheon for delegates on Thursday. Boyd also is being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor.

Congresswoman Diane Black, another possible gubernatorial candidate, is staying in her Middle Tennessee district this week fighting off a primary challenge from former state Rep. Joe Carr.

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is not attending the convention as she, too, has a competitive general election opponent from the Democrats.

Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker all spoke to the assembled delegates during a brunch they hosted Monday morning at a downtown Cleveland restaurant. Haslam warmly endorsed Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as the vice presidential candidate.

Tennessee delegates led by state Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet heard Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine speak at their breakfast Monday morning before the 2016 Republican National Convention was gaveled into session.

DeWine said is predicting a tight race in Ohio but that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump would prevail. DeWine is a likely candidate for governor of Ohio in 2018.

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Norris hosted a reception for delegates Sunday and will stay thru Thursday, making contacts among the delegates.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd of Knoxville arrives Tuesday and will hold a luncheon for delegates on Thursday. Boyd also is being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor.

Congresswoman Diane Black, another possible gubernatorial candidate, is staying in her Middle Tennessee district this week fighting off a primary challenge from former state Rep. Joe Carr.

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is not attending the convention as she, too, has a competitive general election opponent from the Democrats.

Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker all spoke to the assembled delegates during a brunch they hosted Monday morning at a downtown Cleveland restaurant. Haslam warmly endorsed Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as the vice presidential candidate.