HARTLAND, Wis. — The Republican National Convention wrapped up its second day, but some delegates have already done almost a week’s worth of work.
Tom Schreibel, the Republican National Committeeman from Wisconsin, just returned home from Charlotte, N.C. and the RNC. He was one of four members of the delegation who were allowed to attend the convention in-person.
Schreibel has been working since Friday to get done the business of the RNC. He said a lot of committee work took place Saturday and Sunday. Then they went immediately into the convention on Monday.
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But along with all the behind the scenes work, there was also a big focus on health and safety with delegates having to pass at least two COVID-19 tests just to get into the hotel. Then they have to keep passing health screening to keep working.
“Every day there was band, they would take temperatures and issue us that and you had to show a band any time you did a movement in and out of the room,” said Schreibel.
He said the committee work wrapped up Monday. Since the speeches are not happening in Charlotte, he and the others delegates headed back to Wisconsin to watch from back home.
“It’s like watching a football game. I don’t like to go out to a bar or restaurant. I like to watch it at home,” said Schreibel.
This week two Wisconsin business owners are speaking at the convention. Tuesday night, John Peterson, the owner of Schuette Metals, spoke. On Thursday, Debbie Flood, the president of Melron Corporation, is scheduled to speak.
“They are from nearby Wausau, Wisconsin and these are folks who been positively impacted by Donald Trump saying in ’16 the forgotten men and women are forgotten no more,” said Cassie Smedile, deputy communications director, Republican National Committee.
Schriebel says being at the convention and having a Wisconsin tag is a big deal because they know how important the votes are in the Badger state.
“Wisconsin is the ballgame basically,” said Schreibel.
Although, Schreibel is watching some of the speeches from home. Thursday night he plans to hear the president speak in person. Schreibel was invited to the White House to hear President Trump accept the party’s nomination.