Wednesday, December 11, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Texans who have rallied behind Maine's contested Ron Paul delegates took their message outside of the convention hall and onto the street on Thursday, hawking special t-shirts inspired by Maine's fight and talking to passers-by.
For $15, anyone could pick up a t-shirt in a variety of colors declaring "Texas Remembers the Alamo . . . and the Maine" as well as four other states where skirmishes over Paul delegates played out before or at the Republican National Convention. Those representing the five states -- Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Oregon and Massachusetts -- could snag one for $10, which one Texas said was basically at-cost.
The idea behind the shirts came to Lauren Landivar from Arlington, Texas, some time on Saturday while she was on her way to Tampa. A few hours later, Rob Hinojosa had come up with a design. And by the next day, members of Texas' large and highly visible delegation were wearing the first version.
They've since printed about 180 of the shirts plus "Remember Maine 2012" stickers, typically worn on the front brim of the white cowboy hats that everyone from the Texas delegation has been sporting all week.
"We really support all of those states," said Jorge E. Landivar, Lauren's husband and a Texas delegate. "We think that they got the raw deal and we want to help them."Tweet
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