State GOP prepares for center stage at convention
Romney’s clout ends a long exile
The hotel they’ve been assigned to is gleaming, with a sweeping waterfront view of Tampa Bay. The parties they’ll throw are already in more demand, and they’re expected to get a prime spot on the floor of the convention. It’s a dramatic turn in the fortunes for a small band of Massachusetts Republicans who are heading to Tampa this August for the Republican National Convention. A group that is normally the outcasts - powerless in their home state, and out-of-step with many in the national Republican Party - is now being treated as the kings of the court, by virtue of their connection to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.