Gov. Rick Scott acknowledged Monday that the fate of the Republican National Convention is day-to-day as Tropical Storm Isaac continues on its path toward the Gulf coast.
“I think the convention has the same goal I have, we’re going to keep everybody safe,” Scott said, after giving Florida’s convention delegates a storm update at the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, where the delegation is housed.
The storm is expected to dump several inches of rain on an already saturated Florida Panhandle later this week, Scott said. There also remains the threat that Isaac will turn into a fierce hurricane when it makes landfall, now most likely in Louisianna.
Scott kept his distance from speculation the convention could be scrapped. But he said much depends on the storm.
“It’s day-to-day,” Scott said of convention planning. “But the positive is for Florida, not necessarily for Louisianna, is that it’s trending west. It has not become a hurricane yet.”
Convention organizers have been retooling the schedule for upcoming days. Monday is mostly a washout, with delegates being told largely to stay inside and avoid travel on roadways in the Tampa Bay area.
The party is certainly mindful of the political risk of scheduling convention events if Gulf coast citizens are scrambling for shelter.
Clint Pate, the Jackson County Republican chairman, said he knew his home Panhandle county was going to be deluged Tuesday, when the convention is expected to kick back into gear.
“We’ll be all right, though,” Pate said. “I don’t think this is going to take away from our goal of nominating Mitt Romney. The message is the same.”