Williamson witnesses Trump nomination at RNC


Williamson witnesses Trump nomination at RNC

Williamson County resident Stephen Siao is one of several Tennessee residents on the floor in Cleveland contributing to the Republican National Convention.

Williamson County resident Stephen Siao is one of several Tennessee residents on the floor in Cleveland contributing to the Republican National Convention.

Siao was the former director for Sen. Ted Cruz campaign in Tennessee and in Georgia.

“We’ve had a great time at the convention and surrounding events so far,” he said. “the state party has done a great job putting together many events and getting 300 plus people all over Cleveland.”

He witnessed the arguments on the floor on Monday afternoon, as some of the delegates tried to urge the convention to do a roll call on the rules. Some of those in the Anti-Donald Trump contingent wanted the roll called, so delegates could vote how they wanted.

“There was quite a bit of chaos on the floor yesterday as many conservative delegates were deeply disappointed the RNC refused to do a roll call vote on the rules,” he said. “The rules would have passed overwhelming, without question, but those in dissent should have had their votes recorded. I was pleased that we passed a strong conservative platform despite attempts by some on the party to water it down.”

As Trump became the nominee on Tuesday night, Siao said he was obligated as a delegate to still put forth his vote for Cruz. Tennessee casted 33 votes for Trump, 16 for Cruz, and nine for Sen. Marco Rubio, who won the vote in Williamson County.

Siao said he grew up watching the conventions like he’s attending this week, which has made him excited to be a part of the Ohio experience. It also lead him to start a teenage club for Republicans in Williamson County.

“Eight years ago when I was 16, I remember watching both conventions on TV in my parents living room,” he said. “That really energized me, and it was exciting to see all of the political leaders.”

“Obviously Sen. Cruz won’t be the nominee, and there are some people disappointed,” he said. “Others have been concerned about our nominee, but this week is a crucial time, and Trump is making strides in the right direction.”

Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County government and schools for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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