Fallin, Cornett to speak Tuesday at Republican National Convention

Republican officials reshuffled their national convention program after canceling Monday's events because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will speak to the assembly Tuesday.
by Chris Casteel Modified: August 27, 2012 at 11:40 am •  Published: August 27, 2012

Republican leaders Sunday scheduled Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett for their Tuesday afternoon program as they reshuffled speakers to make up for a day lost to Tropical Storm Isaac.

Cornett now is scheduled to speak Tuesday about 3:15 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's prime-time slot Tuesday was retained. She now will speak third in a segment of Republican governors that begins at 7 p.m. central time.

The mayor had been scheduled to speak Monday, the first day of the convention, but Republicans canceled most of the day's events to protect delegates and others attending the convention from expected heavy rain and high winds.

Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell said Sunday night, “I'd like to congratulate Mayor Cornett on being selected as a speaker at the Republican National Convention.

“This is a reminder that we are blessed to have nationally recognized conservative leadership at every level of Oklahoma government. Our delegation will be proud to cheer on Oklahoma City's mayor as he addresses the convention.”

Cornett is president of a national organization representing Republican mayors.

In a news release, Cornett said, “This election represents a critical opportunity to return our nation to economic and financial stability, and that's why I am proud to have the opportunity to address the Republican Convention as it nominates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

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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