Gustav and the Convention
There is an incredible political tightrope that National Republicans are forced to deal with as they convene in St. Paul for their convention this week. As I am sure you’ve heard (and if I am the first to tell you, that would be pretty flattering) Hurricane Gustav is about to nail the Gulf Coast nearly three years after the Katrina disaster.
Republicans just sent word that they plan to suspend their convention activity for tomorrow, while they assess the situation in the storm zone and then determine how festive they want their convention to be. This of course puts many of our local delegates in a tight bind. Most of them are already on the ground in St. Paul, expecting to begin their work at the convention tomorrow. However there are some that have yet to leave yet and the situation with the storm puts them in a difficult situation.
Coming up tonight in our 11pm news, Tara Morgan will talk with Janet Polarek who works for Attorney General Bob McDonnell. She has yet to leave for the convention, but knows fellow staff and delegates that are already there. In addition, Janet took a trip to New Orleans last October, and is conflicted about going to St. Paul to celebrate, when there could be suffering elsewhere in the Country.
It should be an interesting preview of what is ahead for the GOP.