Jodi and Jeff Peacock attended this year’s RNC.

Locals attend Republican convention

Published 3:40pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012

When Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president at the party’s national convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, Atmore residents Jeff and Jodi Peacock were on hand to watch history made.

In fact, the Peacocks — who campaigned for Romney last year — served as a delegate and alternate delegate for the state of Alabama.

Jeff said he was originally slated to serve as an alternate delegate but was bumped up to delegate in the absence of a member. In order to replace another position, Jodi, too, received a promotion of sorts.

“I was elected as an alternate delegate,” Peacock said. “But when I got down there, the delegate was not able to attend, so I was elevated to delegate. Jodi was originally going as a guest, but an alternate delegate spot came open and she ran for that and won that.”

Peacock said the convention itself was a great chance to get to know the candidates.

“It went terrific,” Peacock said. “We had a great time. It was the first Republican National Convention that Jodi and I have ever been to, and it certainly was an exciting adventure for us.”

Peacock said there were several highlights during the convention.

“Obviously hearing Gov. Romney speak was the highlight, because him receiving the nomination for the party is kind of what all the attention in about,” he said. “But there were a lot of other highlights. (Florida Sen.) Marco Rubio did a great job.”

Peacock said the convention was also a great way to learn more about Romney’s running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

“Paul Ryan did a great job,” he said. “I think this was the first time some people really got a chance to get to know him. He did a terrific job, he got the crowd fired up and I think a lot of people were very happy with that selection.”

Peacock also pointed to Alabama natives Condoleezza Rice and Artur Davis as exciting speakers during this year’s RNC.

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