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Ryan to speak Monday at Craig High School in Janesville

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Marcia Nelesen
August 25, 2012

— Janesville police are preparing for more than 2,000 people to attend a gathering Monday in Craig High School that the Romney/Ryan campaign bills a “convention send-off victory rally” for Paul Ryan.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, named Janesville native Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate Aug. 11. The 2012 Republican National Convention begins Monday in Tampa, Fla.

Monday’s event in Janesville will be held in the old gymnasium at Craig High School. Seating will include the bleachers, chairs and the stage, Janesville police Deputy Chief John Olsen said.

The school district is charging $60 an hour for use of the gym, plus any custodial time. The fee will be charged to the campaign, Janesville School District Superintendent Karen Schulte said.

While the school district has a policy regulating the political activities of employees in school facilities, any organization can rent the facilities, Schulte said.

The district has no events planned that day in school, she said.

“We’re not doing anything but providing the space. It’s business as usual for us,” Schulte said.

It’s not business as usual for Janesville police.

The U.S. Secret Service is responsible for the safety of Ryan, “but we will have a police presence there to make sure everybody’s safe and the event goes well,” Olsen said.

“The Secret Service relies on local police to provide security getting them (the family) there and making that event safe and secure,” Olsen said.

The department will have officers at the Ryan residence and along the motorcade route, Olsen said.

Olsen figured police will be stationed in the area for several hours before the doors open at 8:45 a.m. and will be at the scene until about 1 p.m.

Motorists can expect some detours and some delays Monday morning in the Craig High School area, Olsen said.

Olsen recommends that anyone not coming to the event avoid the area.

When Romney appeared at Monterey Mills in June, he was accompanied by Gov. Scott Walker and Ryan. That event drew about 1,200 spectators.

Janesville assigned 45 officers to the event at a cost to the city of about $18,229, excluding administrative time related to the event, City Manager Eric Levitt said.

If you go

What: Convention send-off rally

Where: Craig High School, 401 S. Randall Ave.

When: Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Program begins at 10:45 a.m. Those who attend will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted. Parking is available at the school. The campaign is also arranging parking in outlying lots and will shuttle people to the high school. Those sites have not yet been announced.

To get tickets: Go to mittromney.com/states/Wisconsin. For more information, call (608) 535-9307.



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