Mia Love, Jason Chaffetz drawing new attention to Utah at GOP convention
"She earned it," Patrone said. "She definitely brings attention to a state that you don't hear about in the news too much."
His image of Utah? "I think of skiing to be honest," he said. Now, though, Patrone is adding Love to the list of what he knows about the Beehive State.
John Brieden, a former national commander of the American Legion, shook Love's hand.
"You knocked it out of the park last night, young lady," he said, before having his picture taken with Love.
Love said the national media wanted to know how it felt to be on stage and why she thought the convention crowd was so enthusiastic about her speech.
"I said, 'It's just because the truth resonates.' People say, 'Yeah, yeah. I believe that. Yeah, that's what I want,'" Love said. "It's what I signed up to do. It's what I told the 4th District I would do. I said I would take their values and represent Utah to Washington, not the other way around."
Chaffetz also had a speaking role at the convention, but his real impact in Tampa has been making appearances on behalf of the Romney campaign.
He said he's already been to five state delegation breakfasts, accompanied by other surrogates including actor Jon Voight and another Romney son, Tagg. Chaffetz said he shares stories about Mitt Romney, such as his time leading the 2002 Winter Games in Utah.
"I tell a little bit about the Olympics and how they ordered the 5-buck pizza and charged $1 a slice" to help balance the Games budget, he said. And Chaffetz also describes how, when his father died recently, Romney took time during a campaign road trip to comfort him.
"That's the Mitt Romney I've gotten to know," he said.
Chaffetz was also sent by the campaign to a Tea Party rally Monday that featured two former GOP presidential candidates, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and business executive Herman Cain.
"I just tried to make a case for Mitt Romney, which was a challenge for that group, but it went well," he said, even though he ended up having to run to the stage when he heard his name announced earlier than expected.
Chaffetz has also spoken on behalf of the Romney campaign in a number of TV and radio interviews, including on MSNBC and Fox News.
The campaign "had me show up on Friday, so I've been here for a while, but that's what they need me to do," a tired-sounding Chaffetz said.
And he may miss Rep. Paul Ryan's visit to Utah next week to offer a GOP viewpoint on behalf of the campaign in Charlotte, N.C., site of the Democratic National Convention.
Still, he said there have been some perks.
"I got to sit in the family box for a while," Chaffetz said, along with other Romney insiders including former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, now the head of planning for Romney's possible transition to the White House.
But, the congressman said, he was suddenly asked to leave the VIP seating Tuesday night when Ann Romney delivered her convention speech and was joined on stage by her husband.
"I saw later that Mitt and Ann Romney were sitting there," he said. "I understood why they moved us out."
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