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Paul Ryan's brother tells of Sooner fans roaring during wedding reception; bus debacle keeps some Oklahoma delegates out until 3 a.m.
by Chris Casteel Modified: August 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm •  Published: August 30, 2012

Bus delays

Some Oklahoma delegates and their guests didn't make it back to their hotel until 3 a.m. on Wednesday — about four hours after the Tuesday convention program ended — because of problems with the system set up to shuttle delegates back and forth.

Delegates had to catch one bus from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention is being held, to the nearby football stadium, where they would then catch a bus running to their hotels and others in the immediate area.

One bus arrived at the Oklahomans' hotel about midnight, but others didn't arrive until 1:40 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Oklahoma delegate Linda LePac, who was among those delayed, said the problem stemmed from various security issues, including the need to inspect every bus, sometimes numerous times, during the shuttle process.

On Wednesday afternoon, two Republican officials sent out a memo to delegates apologizing for the “signficant and unacceptable” delays.

“There is no excuse for what occurred,” the memo said and outlined procedures for delegates to find their buses, which wasn't a problem that anyone trapped on the buses even mentioned.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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