PRESS RELEASE from 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee

Host Committee RNC Media Contact:

Aileen Rodriguez Communications Director

2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention Announces Featured Entertainment and Guest Performances for The Welcome Event Combined Delegate and Media Welcome Event Highlights Tampa Bay Region

(PR NewsChannel) Tampa Bay, FL (August 14, 2012) – The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention is pleased to announce its featured entertainment for The Welcome Event, country music sensation Rodney Atkins. Atkins is a six-time nominee with the Academy of Country Music and two-time nominee with the Country Music Association (CMA). His hits include “Take A Back Road,” the title track of his fourth studio album and sixth career number one hit, “If You’re Going Through Hell” and “It’s America.” In addition, Atkins won CMA’s “Top New Male Vocalist” award in 2006.

The combined delegate and media welcome event, which will kick off the week of the Convention on Sunday, August 26, 2012, is the first-of-its-kind in the history of a presidential nominating convention. More than 20,000 guests have been invited to this ground-breaking event. Performances will highlight the local Tampa Bay region in an inaugural, innovative and incredible way. The acts below, and more, will represent Tampa Bay:
In addition to local musical and dance performances, cirque-style performers, including acrobats, contortionists, rolla bolla artists and animal-themed dancers will perform as a part of “Cirque Dreams,” presented by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

“We are excited to showcase Tampa Bay and the many wonderful entertainers that represent our region,” said Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones. “Guests of The Welcome Event will experience a taste of Tampa Bay’s culture, history and themes, as well as its warm hospitality. We are proud of the Tampa Bay region and all it has to offer. We are excited to show the thousands of convention guests the Tampa Bay we know and love.”

Also performing at The Welcome Event are former competitors and national recording artists from two top network reality shows, both with ties to Tampa Bay:
Media outlets interested in covering the event should contact the Host Committee at NOTE: Only credentialed media for the Convention will be able to request Host Committee credentials to cover The Welcome Event. Due to very limited space, the deadline to request a Host Committee credential to cover the event as press is Friday, August 17, 2012.

About the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee
The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, Inc. (“Host Committee”) is a Florida not-for-profit corporation that operates as a public charity under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Host Committee serves as the officially designated Presidential Nominating Convention Host Committee under federal law and is a registered host committee with the Federal Election Commission. The Host Committee is not involved in any political activity and is in no way considered a political committee under any state or federal laws. Visit:,,,,,


WASHINGTON, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Presidential Candidate Gary Bauer congratulated Governor Scott Walker for his win in Wisconsin's recall election, calling it "another sign that taxpayers will award office holders ready to do the hard work of reigning in out-of-control government spending."

Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families,  made the following statement:

"I congratulate Governor Scott Walker for his hard-fought victory tonight, and most especially for having the courage of his convictions to fight the good fight. But the victory in Wisconsin is not Scott Walker's alone.  It is a victory for the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin, who foot the bill year after year.  It is a victory for common sense over powerful special interests.  It is a victory that taxpayers in every state can celebrate.  It is a victory, yes, even for some union members.

"Since Gov. Walker's reforms were enacted, tens of thousands of state employees have opted to keep more of the money they earn rather than let the public employees union siphon off their hard-earned dollars.  In other words, once given the choice, more than half of the public employees union's members decided that they didn't need the union.  These reforms will pay real dividends for the taxpayers of Wisconsin.  They are the real winners tonight.

"The recall election is a sign of good things to come.  The power of the Big Labor bosses has finally been checked, not just in Wisconsin, but also in scores of other states across the country.  More governors, legislators and taxpayers will be inspired to stand up against the liberal labor unions and do what is truly in the best interests of their communities.  Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes are now in play, and the anti-tax, small government movement that swept the country in 2010 is about to sweep Barack Obama out of office in 154 days!"

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