Tropical Storm Isaac is likely to skirt Tampa, but the Republican National Convention is taking no chances Monday. Officials have rescheduled what was supposed to be the first day of meetings and festivities and will reshuffle its events.
That means Gov. Nikki Haley will not be speaking in prime time Monday night. Her appearance will be late in the 9 p.m. time slot Tuesday, according to her spokesman Rob Godfrey.
Sunday night, she is a guest of former GOP Chair Karen Floyd as her online magazine Palladian View hosts a panel discussion entitled: “Lashing Back at the Backlash: How Conservative Women Confront Media Bias.”
Gov. Haley will be speaking to the media after that event.
The rescheduling only adds to a packed schedule Tuesday night when the delegates will cast their official votes to make Mitt Romney their candidate.
Sunday afternoon, Ron Paul and his supporters had their say as the libertarian candidate held a rally at Tampa’s Sun Dome. One of the speakers there was SC delegate and Beaufort Senator Tom Davis, who called for fellow South Carolinian, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham to be replaced in 2014.
Despite the weather delay, SC delegates will meet over breakfast Monday morning and SC GOP Chairman Chad Connelly says he hopes to have more details about the rest of the week’s events.
He says he is not concerned about the conditions being too dangerous to ride out, after hearing from Tampa officials
“But they said all week-long that it’s more likely to turn more in a westerly course and that’s just what it’s done. I think they are erring on the side of caution and they are telling everybody to stay in their hotel Monday and we’ll convene on Tuesday. They are pretty optimistic that things pick up on Tuesday and that they can fold everything from Monday’s planning into the rest of the week’s stuff,” says Connelly.