To say Lynda Bowers was thrilled to be a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa is an understatement.
“I am still having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that a farm girl from rural Northeast Ohio had the opportunity to be a part of this process,” she wrote in her final blog entry, published Friday on The Gazette’s website. “Wow. I’ve used that single word a lot this week.”
Bowers, 53, has been a Lafayette Township trustee for 14 years, but this was her first time going to a political convention.
Bowers, Medina County’s only delegate, returned home Sunday.
A real estate broker, Bowers said she wanted to be part of the process, because she feels federal regulations are getting in the way of job growth.
“We’re running in a headwind against our federal government,” Bowers said. “I just felt that this was an opportunity to be part of something that could change that.”
She said she was generally impressed by the speakers, especially that of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“I was really pleased to see that the convention focused so much on policy, and the creation of jobs and the economy,” she said.
Bowers said speakers stayed away from personal attacks and “finger-pointing.”
She thought Florida Sen. Marco Rubio made the point well when he said, “Our problem is not that (President Barack Obama) is a bad person. Our problem is that he is a bad president.”
Bowers believes it’s vitally important for Mitt Romney to win the White House in November, saying he “hit the nail on the head” with his acceptance speech Thursday.
“You think that the things that go on in Washington, D.C., don’t affect us here, but they do,” she said. “There are a lot of people in my township that are hurting. They’re losing their homes, they can’t find jobs.
“That’s not the America that I grew up in.”
Bowers said she’s planning on watching this week’s Democratic National Convention, in order to stay informed and hear the other side.
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