GOP Zeal Spans Generations Among Tampa Delegates
New Yorkers in the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. this week are coming from different regions, and different generations as well. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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Alternate Republican National Convention delegate Eugene Pevzner of Brooklyn is 23 years old. The oldest delegate from New York State, Rubye C. Wright of the Upper East Side, doesn't share her age so easily.
"I'm old enough to stand up straight, believe in God and stand firm on the Constitution of these United States of America," said Wright.
Let's just say her first convention was 1968 in Miami Beach, which nominated Richard Nixon.
"Well, I was at the '68 convention too, but Rubye Wright was there," said New York State Republican Chairman Edward Cox. "Eighty-eight years old, works her heart out for the party in East Harlem. Abraham Lincoln, African America really believes our community is the party of civil rights."
Actually, Wright talks more about her Native American lineage. She does dismiss talk her party is not changing with the nation's demographics.
"I don't think they did their homework well," said Wright.
Wright says she has been a Republican since birth. A native of South Carolina, she designed fashion and was a social work advocate.
Pevzner came to the United States at age two from the former Soviet Union. A law student and software engineer from south Brooklyn, he is wowed by his first convention and has some advice for Romney.
"I think he's limiting himself and not showing his true character," Pevzner said. "I think people need to see that he's a great guy, he's a great candidate and he's a great leader, and he can lead this country back to prosperity."
Wright also said Romney will impress the crowd.
"I would look forward to him just being himself, because I believe that he is a man of his own soul, and he loves people and he's a hard worker and he believes in God," said Wright.
After bringing the pair together, NY1 asked Wright if she had any advice for the young Republican.
"Believe that God will stand strong with us if we stand strong with him," said Wright.
The pair is going to be among New Yorkers listening to Romney as he accepts the Republican Party's nomination and lays out his vision for the entire country.