The Republican convention was reconvened at 10:00 AM on Saturday and after the normal opening procedures, Bill Bolling followed a video featuring Bob McDonnell. His message was one of unity and hard work to take back out State. Bolling led the crowd in a chant of Go, Bob go!
John Gereldman, who worked with Bob McDonnell at American Hospital Supply and emphasized McDonnell’s business experience. Gary Nelson, retired colonel and McDonnell’s commander for 5 years spoke to his military years and character.
Lisa Hicks Thomas, Deputy Attorney General under Bob McDonnell and gave a glowing review of Bob’s hard work and dedication to his employees. John Clodfelter, whose son Kenneth died in the USS Cole bombing. John Clodfelter gave a very touching and emotional endorsement of Bob McDonnell and received a standing ovation for his loss and his words.
Bob McDonnell came out to Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Up Around the Bend” and quickly accepted the nomination to be the next Governor of Virginia.
Sean Hannity got the crowd going by speaking to the importance of the elections in Virginia. “Virginia, the country is watching” and “Virginia, Yes you can”. Hannity emphasized the importance of this election as the momentum builds to retake the US House and Senate in 2012 and the White House in 2012.
Hannity also explained the ouster of Alan Colmes, his former liberal sidekick on the Hannity and Colmes Fox News Show. It seems Colmes
left after receiving a birthday present from Hannity: A hunting trip with Vice President Dick Cheney.
Each of the candidates spoke and explained their vision for the future and why the delegates should vote for them. State Senator Cuccinelli came onstage to a thunderous explosion of cheers and banners waving on the floor. As the only truly competitive race, the delegates supporting David Foster and John Brownlee had to realize the massive support behind Cuccinelli may be a bit too much to overcome. While there was talk of the possibility more than one vote being required in this race to reach the 50% + 1 required, that prospect diminished with the show of support from Cuccinelli supporters.
The Attendance Numbers:
There were a total of 11,007 total votes properly registered for the convention. 6827 delegates registered and showed up to vote with over 1000 guests in attendance. There were some empty seats behind the stage, but almost every seat with any view at all was filled.