2012 GOP Convention Delayed by TS Isaac; Party “Working with Fed Agencies, State” Employees to Ensure Safety of Attendees

Posted on August 25, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

No sense of irony in the GOP!! Some days you can’t make this stuff up… So much for “the party of small government”!

The GOP 2012 convention, originally planned for Monday, is now scheduled to convene on Monday, but adjourn immediately until Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Isaac located about 135 miles south-southwest of of Port au Prince, Haiti with maximum sustained winds at 60 mph. The system continues moving northwestward at 14 mph. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Haiti, while a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hispaniola and the northern Caribbean Islands. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected to develop across the Caribbean Islands as this system continues moving northwestward and into the eastern Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.”

So now what was supposed to be a four-day event will be condensed into three, leaving organizers to juggle the logistics and pack as many speakers and other party business, including the formal nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus:

“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,” Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement.

“R.N.C. 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.”

Statement of RNC President and CEO Bill Harris echoed that of Priebus:

“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.”

More via CNN, with Gov. Rick Scott giving us the trifecta:

GOP officials expect 50,000 people to attend the convention where Mitt Romney will officially accept his party’s presidential nomination and make the final turn to the November election.

Before the RNC announcement, Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott announced that he was cancelling his activities at the convention but would remain in Tampa to monitor and coordinate the state’s response to the storm. “I declared a state of emergency for the state of Florida,” Scott told reporters Saturday morning. “That’s standard protocol to make sure we can coordinate our efforts with federal, state, and local so we can have the proper response.”

There is a remarkable irony in a national party, the governor of the host state and a presidential candidate that all together look down upon the federal government as a whole, as well as state employees and their unions, now working with those same people, when there is a potentially life-threatening disaster looming.

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