Volunteers prep for Ryan homecoming rally Monday

Event expected to draw hundreds to Ryan's alma mater
Volunteers prep for Ryan homecoming rally Monday

Volunteers spent Sunday evening making homemade signs for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s homecoming event Monday in Janesville.

The event, scheduled late last week ahead of Ryan’s trip to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., is expected to draw hundreds to the gymnasium at Craig High School, Ryan’s alma mater.

“I think it’s great because everybody wants Paul to know that we support him and we’re behind him,” said Gwen Hazekamp of Janesville as she drew a sign out of markers and poster board.

The national party said Sunday the convention would run from Tuesday through Thursday, a shortened schedule because of the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac. Isaac is now forecasted to only make an indirect hit on Tampa.


Ryan and presidential candidate Mitt Romney are scheduled to officially be nominated Tuesday afternoon.

Ahead of the national event, local volunteers and campaign staff were testing the sound system and setting up chairs in the high school gym.

“Especially at my age, it’s just a good year to get involved,” said Ryan Grunwald, a University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore from Oshkosh. “2012’s such a big year nationally and Wisconsin is such a focal point of that.”

The Craig High School event is scheduled to start Monday morning at 11:20 a.m., with the doors opening at 8:45 a.m.

Ryan went to Waukesha with Mitt Romney the day after his selection as vice president, so this will be Ryan’s second trip to his home state since being picked.