“It is my job — and my duty and my honor — to do whatever I can to get Obama out of the White House,” she said. “My loyalty lies with conservative values ... not one particular candidate.”
Shipman, who is Gingrich’s Northwest Georgia field representative, is one of the three first-ever GOP delegates from the new 14th Congressional District.
The district was created after the 2010 census gave the state an additional seat. The district covers the 11 Northwest Georgia counties and half of Pickens County. The region’s other delegates are Teresa Tatum, a founder of the Catoosa County Tea Party, and Stefan Passantino, a Gingrich attorney from Paulding County.
Gingrich won the 14th District by more than 50 percent of the primary vote, so all three are bound at the convention in Tampa Bay to back Gingrich for at least the first two rounds. Gingrich took 47.2 percent of the primary vote statewide and Romney had 25.9 percent. No other candidate topped 20 percent, the threshold for receiving a share of Georgia’s 76 delegates.
“There are a few districts where Mitt gets one delegate, but not in the 14th,” Shipman said.
Gingrich could decide to “unbind” his delegates, release them to vote for Romney right off the bat, Shipman noted, although she hasn’t heard of plans to do so yet. It may take numerous rounds of voting before the national convention declares a nominee, or the whole thing could be settled early.
“There are a lot of rules and regulations I’m studying up on,” she said. “But when I get down there, I’ll know as much as anyone.”
Shipman is off to Washington, D.C., next week for the National Young Republicans Leadership Conference. The training and networking seminar is capped with an awards banquet on April 28, where she is in the running for National Woman of the Year.