I love New York. That is one reason why I volunteered for the Republican National Convention.
While living in New York as a Republican is sort of like being a Texan at the Alamo, Custer at Little Bighorn, or even the warden at the asylum. I can get past the political misgivings of around 8 million of the 10 million people who live here. This is a great place to be.
This city was a hotbed for tourist money, but 9/11 changed that and New York was no longer seen as a place to bring the kids. Fear has kept this city from being the tourist destination it should always be. Help is on the way! The Republicans are coming and they are bringing 50,000 delegates and hordes of media with them. Not counting the protesters you have a large block of people who have never stood in Times Square at night, thousands who have never gazed at Yankee stadium, many who have never heard of a guy named Ray or his famous pizza. Give these people (even though they are Republicans) a good time and you have 50,000 people heading back to Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee with their own New York story to tell friends, family, and co-workers. The increase in tourism will be felt for generations to come. Benefiting New Yorkers regardless of political party.
So why do I really want to help out at the convention? The free polo.