“We had four weeks to plan this thing,” said one Republican close to the convention planning. “Caressing everyone’s hair in the process goes by the wayside.”
State party officials, delegates and operatives say they aren’t panicking about the dearth of information, and the campaign on Sunday did release a list of speakers for the four-day event, which is heavy on Trump family members and top administration officials, less so on prominent Capitol Hill Republicans.
Still, the party faithful have little idea of what to expect from this convention, which is meant to unify Republicans and rally them and others around President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election. Some speakers, like Lieutenant Gov. Jeanette Nuñez of Florida, were unclear as of late last week from where they would speak — in D.C. or their home state — or the exact format of their remarks.
The chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, Jim Lyons, didn’t know whether the convention would be partially virtual or not, while a Republican strategist, Pat Griffin, based in Boston and New Hampshire, said he was also unclear on how the convention would play out and whether it would receive the same amount of attention as past conventions.