Ricky Gill to speak at Republican National Convention

Ricky Gill, the Republican candidate challenging Rep. Jerry McNerney in the newly drawn 9th Congressional District, will deliver a speech at the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa.

Ricky Gill“It will be an honor to speak on behalf of our Valley and Delta communities on a national stage,” Gill, 25, of Lodi, said in a statement issued this morning. “While we face some of the greatest challenges, our communities are among the most underrepresented in America. My remarks at the convention will focus not only on giving our communities a voice, but also on ensuring the survival of our American Dream for this generation and those to come.”

“I hope this opportunity will prompt Washington to take note not just of our communities’ current struggles, but also of their enduring potential,” he added.

It’s not yet clear on what day or at what time Gill will address the convention, which is expected to attract about 4,400 delegates and alternate delegates as well as about 15,000 journalists. A Gill campaign spokesman had said in June that he wasn’t sure whether Gill would attend the convention.

Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris said candidates speaking at the convention, “like the many others running for office across the country, represent the future of our party and a better future for our country. Their participation will help inspire enthusiasm for Republicans up and down the ticket.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Patty O’Day

    Wow. This is really cool. Congratulations to him.

    I went to the Grand Opening of his Antioch office at 5109 Lone Tree Way. The campaign seems to be a lively, fun group to work with. They are mixing new technology with old time grass roots work. I think it will be very successful for him.

    This is the 2nd time I have heard him speak. He is the real deal. I was very impressed with him. If you get a chance, you should find a way to hear him speak. It think Jerry McNerny is getting nervous, as he should. I wonder if there will be any debates?

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Any congressional candidate spending a week at a national party confab — instead of at home campaigning in the district where they’re seeking election — likely doesn’t believe they possess a real shot at winning in November.

  • Truthclubber

    @2 —

    F-A-I-L, you McNerdy campaign hack! — so much for your BS barrage to try to deflect how badly McNerdy, the formerly unemployed wind consultant hack, is going to lose his first REAL electoral contest.

    As O’Bammy proved, it PAYS to be in the national spotlight when running for higher office — something McNerdy has N-E-V-E-R been asked (or WILL be asked) to do.

    Go crawl back under that rock…

  • Elwood

    Wow! This blog is really exciting!

    Here’s a topic for you:

    When will DA Mark Peterson prosecute David Rosen who murdered two innocent people four months ago?

  • JohnW

    Not exactly on topic. But I’d be curious about that too. The most recent online item that I found was that the Concord police recommended he be charged with vehicular manslaughter. That was in June. Four months? Wow! Seems like an easy prosecution.

  • JohnW

    Has there been any newspaper followup on this since June? Elwood raises a really good point.

    Sorry, I know this is unrelated to Ricky Gill, or the Political Blotter, but it’s hard to understand how a story like this could just fade away.

  • Truthclubber

    Here are the details of this sad and sickening local tragedy for those who deliberately WANT to be manipulatively distracted (as “Elwood, God of Truth” would command) from the more pressing national issues of the day, such as how the GOP national platform that will be adopted in Tampa wants to put 12 year old girls who are raped by their sick twisted step-uncles in a position where they are PROHIBITED by FEDERAL law from even having a “Plan B”-type abortion…

  • JohnW

    Elwood, the DA’s office must have read your post on the Rosen case. Arraignment today. Vehicular manslaughter. Being tried in juvy court, to the disappointment of the victims’ family and friends. Probably appropriate, since this was not intentional or premeditated.

  • Elwood

    I believe that anyone with half a brain (not sure this includes Rosen or his parents) should know that driving 70mph on city streets and weaving in and out of traffic constitutes reckless disregard of human life and should be punished severely, not just a couple of years at the Byron ranch, max.

  • JohnW

    Contrary to my previous comment, I think I agree with your sentiment. Prosecutors say trying him as an adult was not an option for this crime. If he is convicted, they could hold him until 21.

  • RR senile columnist

    Little Ricky won’t beat McNerney. California isn’t America. Get used to it.