Helping to craft the GOP platform

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August 31, 2008|By Carmen Amedori

Carmen Amedori, 52, is a resident of Westminster and was a state delegate representing Carroll County from 1998 until 2004, when she was appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to serve on the Maryland Parole Commission.

A native of Baltimore and graduate of Villa Julie College, Amedori worked as a paralegal and journalist while raising two daughters, before entering the world of politics.

She was one of the few elected officials in Maryland who supported John McCain when he ran for president in 2000 and was an alternate delegate at that year's convention.

Her backing has not wavered, and this year Amedori is the Western Maryland regional director for McCain. She has also been cleared to be a surrogate - meaning she has the blessing to speak on McCain's behalf when called upon.

Amedori has agreed to blog this week for The Baltimore Sun about her experiences. Here's an excerpt from her online diary:

I came to Minneapolis a week before the GOP Convention in St. Paul to assist in forming the Republican platform.

It is very quiet on the south side of Minnesota's largest city with 369,000 residents. The scenery is like downtown Baltimore, with tall, large office buildings.

Yet it is very quaint. Homey almost. Kinda like Carroll County in the years of old. ...

By the third day, everything is on schedule; we worked Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., crafting the platform which articulates the philosophies and positions of the Party of Lincoln.

It was rewritten from top to bottom, going from 40,000 words to about half the size, with the hope that being so concise would convey a clearer understanding of what being a Republican means, and would encourage folks to register and vote Republican. ...

It is a document that should be read by anyone who is interested in the governing principles of the GOP. I am proud to be a Republican, and an American, where I know I am free to have a voice in the process.

Last week, a Maryland delegate to the Democratic convention blogged for The Baltimore Sun.

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