Rebecca Bailey, a resident of Batavia, said she has always been pretty lucky.
Lucky enough to joke to her husband, Craig, that she was going to win a contest put on by the Mitt Romney campaign to attend the Republican National Convention.
But what she didn’t expect was that she would actually win.
“They called me and said, ‘you won,’” Bailey said. “I thought it was a scam at first, but once I figured out it wasn’t a scam I was really excited.”
Bailey said they told her she could bring her husband along on the trip, and the plans unfolded in a matter of hours.
“We had the tickets in an hour and flew out early the next morning,” Bailey said.
Bailey said they flew into Tampa, Fla., Aug. 30 and someone was waiting for them at the airport to take them to their hotel. She said the hotel was within walking distance from where the convention was held.
“That was very neat,” Bailey said. “We could just walk across the street.”
Bailey said they only had a couple of hours once they arrived at the hotel and then they had to head over to the convention.
Bailey said they expected to get seats up in the balcony somewhere, and they were excited about that, but Romney campaign officials escorted them to a store, let them fill a bag full of campaign gear and then took them to the VIP seating area.
“It was really neat,” Bailey said. “Not only did we have the best seat in the house, but we were on T.V. a lot.”
Bailey said experiencing a national convention was a unique experience.
“It was very encouraging,” Bailey said. “You get wrapped up in the excitement.”
She said listening to the presidential candidate speak was also encouraging.
“I went away from the convention feeling like the country has a chance,” Bailey said.
She said she also learned while she was there that citizens can attend the conventions without having to be delegates.
“You can buy tickets in the general seating section,” Bailey said.
Bailey said going to the Republican and Democratic convention, or at least watching them on T.V., is an excellent opportunity for citizens to be able to listen to speeches and learn about the candidates in order to make an educated decision about who to vote for.
“I think education is the key,” Bailey said. “And for us to make an uninformed decision is ridiculous in this day and age.”
Looking back on the experience of attending the convention, Bailey said she is still wondering how she was selected out off all the individuals who entered the contest.
“It is funny that they would pick me,” Bailey said. “We always tease because I always win stuff.”
She said the Romney campaign has another contest going on right now to win a flight on the campaign plane with Mitt Romney.
Bailey said the contest sounds neat, but she didn’t enter this time.
“I thought someone else should get a chance,” she said.