Republicans prepare for national convention

Posted at 8:24 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 22:39:57-04

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, Republicans are preparing to officially launch his campaign at the national convention in Cleveland. A Janesville businessman will play a key role in all of it.

Steve King is not a household name, and if everything goes well at the Republican National Convention it will probably stay that way.

King will be working behind the scenes as Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements, a title that means it's up to him to make sure everything runs smoothly, from party platform issues to the presidential nominee.

"I don't think there is going to be as much potential for disruption on the floor now that we have a presumptive nominee," said King.

Just 48 hours ago he was knee deep in preparing for a contested and potentially chaotic convention.  But the Trump transition has already started.

King says, "it becomes in effect the candidates launching pad if you will."

When asked what influence do they have over the process, King responded, "They will weigh in. I received a call here from the trump campaign Tuesday night."

King is a long time active member of the Republican party. He has been to every convention since 1980 and while he has a big role at the Cleveland convention he has one big goal in mind.

"I want that bump. We have to come out with a bump," he said. 

A bump in the polls that gives Trump momentum coming out of the convention. But even King knows Trump will have have a bigger task mending wounds within the party.

"It's going t be a tough job based on somethings said in the primary process but I'd like to think most of that drama is now behind us," he said.

King says he will be meeting with Trump's team next week in Cleveland.

Stay tuned.