A familiar face graced the Hawaii airwaves during this week’s coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention: Punahou74 classmate Fritz Rohlfing.
Fritz was among the 82 Hawaii representatives who made the trip to Tampa, Florida for this year’s Republican convention. Of this group there were seventeen delegates and three alternates who took a direct part in the event. As the chairman of the Hawaii delegation, and chairman of the Romney Hawaii campaign, Fritz was one of the lucky seventeen.
The trip followed his hard work in the inaugural Hawaii Republican Party Presidential Caucuses on March 13. It was the first time rank-and-file party members were allowed to directly participate in an election that determined the allocation of Hawaii’s pledged delegates to the convention. With 45% of the vote that night, Romney was awarded nine of the Hawaii delegates. But, by the time of the final convention vote, Romney received seventeen of Hawaii’s votes.
This was Fritz’s second convention trip. He was also at the 2008 convention in St. Paul, Minnesota when John McCain was nominated. Eerily, that convention was also cut short, that time in deference to Hurricane Gustav. Commenting on the weather related challenges, Fritz was quoted as saying, “I’m hopeful that we’ll just forge ahead now and try to get the business of the convention accomplished and send everybody back full of enthusiasm for the Romney-Ryan ticket–back to the states where the work needs to be done.”
With Hawaii being Obama’s home state that will mean a lot of work forHawaii’s Romney supporters. Good luck, Fritz, and have a safe trip back home.