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Greensburg GOP headquarters parties to the beat of the convention

| Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, 8:06 a.m.
Frank Schiefer and Alexis Schiefer of Greensburg watch the Republican National Convention at the 'We Built It” convention watch party at the Romney Victory Office on August 28, 2012 in downtown Greensburg.
Eric Schmadel  |  Tribune-Review
Frank Schiefer and Alexis Schiefer of Greensburg watch the Republican National Convention at the 'We Built It” convention watch party at the Romney Victory Office on August 28, 2012 in downtown Greensburg. Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review
Attendees watch the Republican National Convention at the 'We Built It” convention watch party at the Romney Victory Office on August 28, 2012 in downtown Greensburg.
Eric Schmadel  |  Tribune-Review
Attendees watch the Republican National Convention at the 'We Built It” convention watch party at the Romney Victory Office on August 28, 2012 in downtown Greensburg. Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review

About two dozen Republicans gathered in Westmoreland County on Tuesday evening for a “We Built It” party, one of three such events in the state.

Those on hand in the Greensburg “Romney Victory Office” watched the Republican National Convention together, showing their support for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket.

Scott Avolio, vice chairman of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee, said he's excited about Rick Santorum's involvement in the convention and that Santorum's role will help energize volunteers.

“Westmoreland County has been and will continue to be a vital part,” he said.

Volunteers are working phone banks, he said, making calls to “ensure voters are educated and they're aware (of) the importance of the race.”

Ashley Sisca, executive director of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee, said volunteers are calling “swing voters,” those identified as people who only vote in presidential elections. They're calling Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike, conducting surveys to identify voters.

“I'm excited about this campaign,” said Judy DiJoseph, a committee member for Westmoreland County Republican Committee, District 12. “And I think we have an excellent nominee in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I think we're going to take it all the way.”

She said Romney and Ryan should focus on several issues in the weeks leading up to the election: “the economy, abortion ... the homosexual agenda, our taxes, and of course, Obamacare, Medicare.”

The crowd offered “hallelujahs” and “amens” at the statement by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that, “We need Barack Obama to go back to Chicago.”

Convention speaker Janine Turner's comments that “America was born with her hands at work, not with her hands out” drew applause from the group.

Sisca said Romney has the experience to lead, and Ryan's work in Washington will be advantageous. She expects the convention to give the ticket a boost in the polls.

Westmoreland County Commissioner Tyler Courtney said Republicans saw spectacular wins in the county last year.

“I really believe we need to continue on the momentum built in Westmoreland County on the national level,” he said.

“We Built It” convention-watching parties were also held in Philadelphia and Erie.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.

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