The Republican conventions of years past have been a kind of political summer vacation for its delegates. For many party regulars, becoming a delegate is an opportunity to hobnob with your state's political power brokers, be bussed from one catered meal to the next, stay in nice hotels and cheer on the nominee at the convention from the best seats in the house during primetime.
But, this year, the Republican Party's delegates could have to work overtime, and many are in over their heads as they prepare for what could be the biggest Republican melee in decades, a potentially contested convention.
"I don’t know what to totally expect," said Mary Beth Dougherty, who is a spokeswoman for a state lawmaker and is running to be an uncommitted delegate from Pennsylvania. "I am anticipating very high profile coverage all week long. Down time is not happening."
Delegates who have been attending the convention for decades, recognize the 2016 Republican Convention is going to be an entirely new ballgame.
"We are in all new unchartered grounds," said Holland Redfield, a delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands who has attended the convention as a delegate multiple times beginning in the 1980s.
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