Gustav Prompts State Delegations to Change Events

Posted August 31, 2008 at 4:36pm

As Republican National Convention officials announced plans to pare back Monday’s official program and the kick off to the four-day event, state delegations in St. Paul, Minn., also began to alter their schedules in light of Hurricane Gustav bearing down on the Gulf Coast.

For example, Florida Republicans announced that Monday morning’s regular delegation breakfast would instead be a multidenominational prayer breakfast focused on Gustav’s potential effect.

And while convention officials said they are taking the rest of the event’s schedule day by day, Florida Republicans announced that they will cancel their previously scheduled Sunset Party on Thursday night and will instead donate the funds raised by the event to the American Red Cross to assist the people affected by the storm.

“There are big and small ways that we can all help during emergencies, and this is our way of helping,” Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer in a statement. “Florida Republicans will continue to show solidarity with our neighbors on the Gulf Coast.”

On Sunday afternoon, other delegations were continuing to reassess their convention plans for the rest of week in light of the impending storm.

Earlier Sunday, as delegates from Tennessee and Pennsylvania arrived at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, they said they anticipated an afternoon conference call to discuss what will happen this week.

Paul Singer contributed to this report.