ELECTION: Army Vet From Lakewood To Voice Concerns At Republican Convention in Tampa Bay

John Harris is working for minimum wage at a local restaurant while struggling to get enough flight hours to qualify for a job as a pilot. His story is one of many Working Washington hopes to tell at the Republican Convention.

Tropical Storm Isaac won't be the only one crashing the GOP's big party.

A minimum-wage worker from Lakewood will also be at the Republican Convention in Tampa Bay, FL, and he plans to voice his concerns.

John Harris, an Army veteran who works at a minimum-wage job at a local restaurant, is one of hundreds from across the country who plan to speak out against Republican policies.

Harris will join hundreds of others from across the country —  from workers to unemployed people to concerned community members — who flew to Tampa to voice the concerns of the "99 percent to the 1 percent," according to a statement from Working Washington.

But even with the concerns, Republicans expect to officially send presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to the November ballot in style.


Tropical Storm Isaac update

The Huffington Post posted the statement released by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus regarding Tropical Storm Issaac's effect:

Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th, exact time to follow.

Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area. RNC Convention officials and the Romney campaign are working closely with state, local and federal officials, as well as the Secret Service, to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and preserve Florida's emergency management resources. Officials have predicted participants may encounter severe transportation difficulties due to sustained wind and rain.

The Republican National Convention will take place and officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the Party has other necessary business it must address. We also are remaining in constant contact with state and federal officials and may make additional schedule alterations as needed.

The Convention staff is working around-the-clock to ensure the delegations housed in storm-impacted areas have alternative housing if needed. The Committee on Arrangements will provide additional information to delegates and alternate delegates who are affected by Isaac by Sunday morning. We will also provide guidance to those delegates and alternate delegates who may encounter travel difficulties due to the storm.

We will begin issuing revised convention programming as early as Sunday.

We have an experienced team that will ensure changes are operationally smooth and create as little disruption as possible. The most important concern is safety, but our Convention program will proceed.

John Arbeeny August 27, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Sounds kind of fishy. Perhaps it's the 1%, 5%, 10% and 20% percenters who pay 26.2%, 44.4%, 56.6% and 72% of federal income taxes respectively who should be doing the questioning of the bottom 80% percenters who pay only 28% of the federal income taxes. Indeed the bottom 50% pays virtually no federal income tax and gets earned income credits...a fancy word for welfare. Get off your butt and make something of yourself instead of waiting for government.....i.e. the taxpayer.....to do it for you. A waiter wants to become a pilot? How about a ditch digger who wants to become a brain surgeon? Get real! Why isn't he working in a related field? We'd all like to go from minimum wage to $$$$ overnight but you'd better have a plan, the bucks needed and time required to get there. Rome wasn't built in a day.


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