Through the threat of bad weather, the Republican National Convention has begun in Tampa, Fla. Wellesley resident Vincent DeVito is one of the delegates from Massachusetts at the convention. He e-mailed in to Wellesley Patch on Friday from Tampa.
Wellesley Patch: What's your background, can you tell me a bit about yourself and your political affiliations?
Vincent DeVito: I am married to Karyn and have three boys, the oldest starting kindergarten next month. I am a corporate attorney, partner, in Bowditch & Dewey's LLP Boston office. I am a former US Assistant Secretary of Energy.
WP: How long have you lived in Wellesley?
VD: 18 mos.
WP: What are the most important issues in this year's Presidential Election?
VD: The economy.
WP: What are some important messages the Republican Party as a whole needs to get across in the upcoming elections (local and presidential)?
VD: Jobs, jobs, jobs.
WP: What are some issues specific to Massachusetts politics in this year's elections?
VD: The re-election of Senator [Scott] Brown who deserves reelection because he has kept his word and puts the people of Massachusetts above all.
WP: Have you attended past RNCs? If so, can you describe what it was like, how it affected you?
VD: Yes, I attended in Philly and NYC. The one in NYC was particularly special as it was more than a convention, it was part of America's continuing recovery from that horrific day (9/11).
WP: Is there anything else you would like to add?
VD: To be a delegate representing the primary voters of the presidential nominee's home state is quite an honor. I am grateful to our fourth congressional district caucus for electing me. Mostly, I hope my wife and kids get to see me on the television!