TAMPA (WTAQ) - Wisconsin left a huge mark on the Republican National Convention, which ended Thursday night when Mitt Romney accepted his nomination for president.
The Badger State made its presence known in small ways on the final night.
Olympic speed-skating hero Dan Jansen from West Allis appeared on stage, and on a video which promoted Romney.
Governor Scott Walker – who got rousing ovations both times he spoke at the convention on Tuesday – got some more TV face time by spending an hour with Ann Romney in the VIP box.
Janesville Congressman and Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan took part in the customary send-off after Romney’s nominating speech. And former Milwaukee Archbishop Tim Dolan of New York closed the three-day proceedings in Tampa with a benediction. The cardinal will also appear at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Milwaukee delegate Bob Spindell called it the most enjoyable convention of the 15 he has attended. That’s because Wisconsin was so much involved with it – and the state’s delegation got prime seats thanks to national chairman Reince Priebus from Kenosha.
The Waukesha County GOP gave buttons to Wisconsin’s 42 delegates which showed the faces of four top state Republicans on Mount Rushmore – Ryan, Walker, Priebus, and U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson.
The label on the button read, “Wisconsin GOP – 2012 Rock Stars.”