This weekend at the GOP state convention in Des Moines also offered some great non-Romney experiences. It was my first time at a state convention and so just taking in the ambience was nice. I met Senator Grassley (pictured with me) and thanked him for voting in favor of the recent Marriage Protection Ammendment and encouraged him to help convince his fellow senators to support this next time around. He is definitely a well-loved senator here in Iowa (at least among the people with which I've spoken).
I was able to spend a few minutes in the convention hall with some of the Johnson County Republicans and when Bob Vander Plaats was accepting the Lt. Gov. nomination. His message is surmised at this Johnson Co. Republicans Blog entry.
During his speech I realized that I was standing right next to Congressman Steve King. He seemed quite fired up as I spoke with him. Later on, I realized that, unfortunately, I had just missed his speech which ended up being the talk of the day. For some of the highly entertaining comments from his speech see this other Johnson Co. Republicans Blog entry (seriously, if you don't click on many links here, you should click on this one). I mentioned to King that I was a Romney supporter and informed him of "Iowans for Romney" to which he responded that he would be "breaking bread" with Romney later that evening. So, in the last week I met and spoke with two U.S. Congressmen, one U.S. Senator, and our future President!