The 40th anniversary of the Republican National Convention, held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, marked a first for Mei Mei Huff, this year’s delegate who represented the 39th Congressional district.
For those who recognize the Huff name, she is wife to Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar). A veteran of elections and campaigns, Mei Mei Huff had never before been volunteered to be a delegate, she said.
“I have to say that it was an honor to be there, that it was very exciting and exhilarating,” Huff said. “You could feel the energy in the air inside the forum. I think, in general, people feel that this year is absolutely very important for us. So I could see the energy was very high.”
Huff, a Diamond Bar resident, operates Mei Mei Ho Consulting, LLC. She is a CPA focusing on business development and consulting. Huff described her experience at the convention.
QUESTION: Did you have a chance to discuss local issues with other delegates?
We did not discuss local issues. More importantly, people were concerned with issues that impact most people and that would be the economy, job creation, healthcare. And those impact residents in Diamond Bar as well.
QUESTION: What was the mood you saw at the event?
There was certainly (a sense of) hope because there is a real solution to the problems that we are facing currently and that is Mitt Romney. The mood … was very energetic. They were saying that this is probably one of the most important election, if not the most important election, of our time.
QUESTION: Did any of the speeches or speakers move you or inspire you?
I was very impressed and moved by (the address) Ann Romney delivered. I thought she did a great job. I was very moved by her story. And, actually, at the end of her speech, I sent a text message to my husband. I told him that I really felt that we had a real chance of winning this election.
QUESTION: Why made you decide to become a delegate this year?
Believe it or not, I have always been very involved in every election. I have always worked behind the scenes as a volunteer, whether it was walking precincts, making phone calls, doing flyers or training people to walk precincts or raising money. I have done all those things in every election on the local, state and federal level. But I had just never thought about becoming a delegate. But this year, maybe it was time. I’ve done this for 20 years or so? I thought I should get in there and get first-hand experience on how it feels to be a delegate.
I wanted to be there and witness that convention and hopefully when I talk to people in my community, I may be able to express better as to how I feel about this election.
QUESTION: What message about this convention or this election that you would like to stress?
The most important thing is for everyone to participate in this election. Some people may think their vote, a single vote, does not make a difference, but it really does make a difference. We as citizens, we have responsibilities and one of them is to participate in elections because we can’t really blame the system if you don’t participate. This is probably one of the most important elections that we are facing in our lifetime. So I would encourage everyone to participate and get out there. It doesn’t matter who you support. Just get out there.