Our sister paper Miami New Times is hard at work covering the 2012 Republican convention in Florida. To which we say Thank Christ because, you know, someone has to. We did our time in the Dome in 1992.
New Times' Victor Gonzalez has been roaming the halls, looking for the mementoes available to attendees, and he's come up with quite the haul.
Tampa's rich with GOP swag this week as thousands of Republicans gather to show off their favorite Mitt Romney mementos and Paul Ryan tchotchkes.
Seemingly everyone on the convention floor not representing a news agency or branch of law enforcement is rocking some piece of GOP-centric clothing and/or accessory. Much like the knick-knacks you might find at a roadside souvenir stand in Central Florida, a lot of the elephant party's gear is cheaply designed and remarkably unflattering.
But so what? Tacky is Florida's middle name. Check out some of the GOP swag Riptide spotted in Tampa on the first full day of the Republican National Convention.
Photo by Victor Gonzalez Photo by Jacob Katel Photo by Jacob Katel Photo by Jacob Katel Photo by Victor Gonzalez
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