Early support of your party’s eventual presidential nominee has its privileges: Sam Olens, Georgia’s attorney general and one of Mitt Romney’s earliest supporters among our state-level elected officials, will be one of the headline speakers at this month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Said Olens, in a statement on the convention website:
We can do better as a country. We must empower Americans to make their own choices across the board. The jobs-killing, unconstitutional policies coming out of Washington, D.C. must be undone. Elections do have consequences and we will start to put our country back on track at the Republican National Convention when we nominate Mitt Romney.
No word yet on which day or time Olens will address the convention, but he was announced today in a group that includes a couple of nationally known tea-party favorites — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, Texas’ newly nominated GOP choice for the U.S. Senate — as well as Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. This was the third group of speakers announced: Previous groups included South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Sen. and 2008 nominee John McCain, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and former U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
At this point, Olens is the only Georgian named to speak at the convention. Of course, Gov. Nathan Deal and many other Georgia Republicans supported Newt Gingrich.
– By Kyle Wingfield