Sununu to Skip GOP Convention

Posted August 25, 2008 at 10:40am

Sen. John Sununu (N.H.) is the latest in a growing number of GOP lawmakers who will skip their party’s presidential convention in order to spend time campaigning for their re-election.

In what has become an unfriendly political climate especially for northeastern Republicans, Sununu is taking advantage of his time out of the Senate to campaign against former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D), who recent polls show Sununu trailing.

“Sen. Sununu will continue his town to town, person to person campaign throughout New Hampshire during the Republican National Convention,” said Stefani Zimmerman, Sununu’s campaign press secretary.

Sununu joins the likes of Sens. Gordon Smith (Ore.), Elizabeth Dole (N.C.), and Susan Collins (Maine), who have also decided to not travel to Minnesota to see their colleague Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) accept their party’s presidential nomination.

Even Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.), whose state is hosting the largely ceremonial gathering, said he would not have attended the convention if it had not been in his own backyard.