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GOP convention postponed, Scott cancels Sunday and Monday activities

by Dara Kam | August 25th, 2012

Republicans have postponed their national convention in Tampa at least a day because of concerns about Tropical Storm Isaac.

The event will kick off Monday morning but the convention will immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

“Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th. After consulting with Governor Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket,” Priebus said.

Gov. Rick Scott has canceled all of his convention-related events Sunday and Monday, including his speech, because of the storm.

So far, however, no delegates have canceled their plans to attend the convention, according to GOP officials.

Isaac moved into Cuba on Saturday after causing flooding and several deaths in Haiti. Forecasters say the storm is on a track that would bring it toward Florida Monday and Tuesday. The Tampa Bay region is under a tropical storm watch already.

Here’s an excerpt from Scott’s statement:

“I am continuing to lead multiple daily briefings with local, state and federal decision makers and RNC officials to share information so the best decisions can be made for each region. I also spoke to Governor Romney earlier today and briefed him on the storm and possible impact to the state. I have made Governor Romney and RNC officials aware of the resources our state can provide in the chance Tampa is affected. Like all decision-makers affected by this storm, the convention officials will make the best decisions for delegates and participants.”

And here’s Priebus’ memo effectively canceling day one:

Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th, exact time to follow.

Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area. RNC Convention officials and the Romney campaign are working closely with state, local and federal officials, as well as the Secret Service, to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and preserve Florida’s emergency management resources. Officials have predicted participants may encounter severe transportation difficulties due to sustained wind and rain.

The Republican National Convention will take place and officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the Party has other necessary business it must address. We also are remaining in constant contact with state and federal officials and may make additional schedule alterations as needed.

The Convention staff is working around-the-clock to ensure the delegations housed in storm-impacted areas have alternative housing if needed. The Committee on Arrangements will provide additional information to delegates and alternate delegates who are affected by Isaac by Sunday morning. We will also provide guidance to those delegates and alternate delegates who may encounter travel difficulties due to the storm.

We will begin issuing revised convention programming as early as Sunday.

We have an experienced team that will ensure changes are operationally smooth and create as little disruption as possible. The most important concern is safety, but our Convention program will proceed.

And here’s a memo from Republican National Convention President and CEO Bill Harris:

“Our chief priority is the safety of the residents of Florida, of those visiting the Convention, and all those in Gulf Coast states who may be impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac. We have been working closely with the campaign, the party, and state and local officials for months to ensure a successful, enjoyable convention. Federal, state and local officials assure us that they are prepared to respond, if needed, and the scheduling changes we are announcing today will help ensure the continued safety of all participants – our foremost concern. We are also committed to keeping the delegates and guests of the convention well informed about the situation, and we will continue providing updates in the hours and days ahead.”

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16 Responses to “GOP convention postponed, Scott cancels Sunday and Monday activities”

  1. tom heller Says:

    Hahaha, punk a mofo. Nuff said.

  2. V Says:

    LMAO……………if this was the DNC convention the right wing nut jobs and the Tea Puppets (Redundant, I know) would be screaming how its “God’s” punishment for their sins.

  3. timtopper Says:

    Scott really meant to say that his first priority is to continue to sell the state of Florida to the highest bidding insurance company.

  4. Tom Says:

    I wonder how many jobs are being lost due to the delay of the convention?

  5. Cary Says:

    Hey Michele Bachmann, what do you think God is saying to Republicans with hurricane Isaac? Named after Abraham’s son from the Bible. Remember Isaac’s obedience unto death on Mount Moria? Repent sinners. Then the hurricane will visit Republican Governor Rick Scott in Tallahassee. So what is God’s sign with this? Why do you think the Republican Party convention is in Tampa? It’s because there are more prostitutes there than any other city in the state.

  6. Examples of Immaturity Says:

    The democrats in PBC continue to show

    Lack of tolerance,

    their immaturity,

    their inability to discuss matters w/o resorting to name calling,

    their belligerence

    their inability to unite people;they just divide

    their aggressive stance and intimidation of others,

    OUR county and our country can’t continue to survive with this type of mantra, lack of balanced leadership and proper discourse.

    Don’t let our country wallow in the gutter.

    Raise our country up!

  7. Examples of Immaturity II Says:

    The GOP/Teabaggers in PBC continue to show Lack of tolerance, as with immigrants, gays etc., their immaturity as in women who are raped can’t get pregnant, their inability to discuss matters w/o resorting to name calling, as in Obama is a Muslim, socialist, communist and ought to get out of the U.S. Their belligerence as in Obama isn’t an American because his birth certificate is fake. Their inability to unite people as in people who collect Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are millions of people who suck at the teet of the government. Their aggressive stance and intimidation of others as in there are over 80 commies in Congress and Democrats ought to get the hell out of the U.S. (again). In raising our country up, if you mean electing Rmoney/Ryan that will be like making the USA a country of the rich, by the rich and for the rich only. Everybody else can go straight to hell. Don’t forget the GOP war on women where women at best are third class citizens who should at ALL times remain barefoot and pregnant. Be careful where you point your finger as there is ALWAYS three fingers pointing back at you!

  8. Bito Says:

    @Examples of immaturity,I beleive in what you say,BUT, I have one problem with it, everything you said is not the dems that lack tolerance and immaturity and everything else, its the repubicans that lack all of those things you say,you spill this garbage and blame the dems, You might want to read Examples of immaturity 11, he is more down to earth than you are, OBAMA 2012.

  9. Cary Says:

    I’m sure the Casinos in Tampa will be full of those unrepentant sinners who hate to “waste” money on taxes that (help others). Are patriots people who help their fellow countryman? What would General Washington do? What would Jesus do?
    Last year on Aug 29, 2011 Michele Bachmann (R) told a crowd in Florida that hurricanes are what God uses to get the attention of politicians.
    Do a Search on “Gulf oil platforms map”.
    Now the hurricane is hitting the oil platforms in the Gulf and hitting their land based factories. So Michele Bachmann what is God Saying with all of this?
    Maybe they should have paid attention to history.
    August 20, 2011–August 28, 2011 Hurricane Irene 1 Year Ago
    August 23, 2005–August 30, 2005 Hurricane Katrina 7 Years Ago
    August 16, 1992–August 28, 1992 Hurricane Andrew 20 Years Ago

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