Memo from Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Convention
Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th, exact time to follow.
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. RNC 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.
The Republican National Convention will take place and officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the Party has other necessary business it must address. We also are remaining in constant contact with state and federal officials and may make additional schedule alterations as needed.
The Convention staff is working around-the-clock to ensure the delegations housed in storm-impacted areas have alternative housing if needed. The Committee on Arrangements will provide additional information to delegates and alternate delegates who are affected by Isaac by Sunday morning. We will also provide guidance to those delegates and alternate delegates who may encounter travel difficulties due to the storm.
We will begin issuing revised convention programming as early as Sunday.
We have an experienced team that will ensure changes are operationally smooth and create as little disruption as possible. The most important concern is safety, but our Convention program will proceed.
Map from NOAA's National Hurricane Center
Letterman: Hurricane approaching GOP convention proof God is a woman huff.to/PMEg5R— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) August 24, 2012
RNC delayed a day b/c of the hurricane. Can't be too careful when your nominee changes positions based on which way the wind blows.— delrayser (@delrayser) August 26, 2012
Why did GOP decide to hold a convention in Florida during hurricane season again?— The Fix (@TheFix) August 26, 2012
Where's evangelical Pat Robertson of the 700 Club when the GOP needs him? He prayed a hurricane away from Virginia to godless Long Island.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) August 25, 2012
Oddly enough, no one in the GOP seems to be claiming the hurricane is a judgement from god on the convention.— Bug Girl (@bug_girl) August 26, 2012
Isaac ran over Guantanimo Bay, then canceled first day of RNC. All it has 2 do now is flood a Chick-Fil-A and its an unassisted triple play.— Lama Glama (@LamaGlama) August 26, 2012
This Isaac thing is obv an excuse to round up all the POTUS's enemies, since they're all in one place, for the FEMA internment camps.— Whit Coppedge (@whitcoppedge) August 26, 2012
Earth is sending a delegate named Isaac to the GOP convention. He wants to discuss climate change.— Scott Davis (@munciegadgetguy) August 25, 2012
— Larry Livermore (@LarryLivermore) August 25, 2012
@realdonaldtrump's Monday "surprise" revealed at last: convention is shut down that night by an even bigger windbag called Isaac.
INBOX: "Donald Trump Bigger Than Isaac!" Sarasota GOP announces Trump will still speak at dinner on Sunday, despite weather.— Joshua Miller (@jm_dc) August 26, 2012
Tropical Storm Isaac Not Stopping RNC Protesters - NBC 10 Philadelphia bit.ly/NSr10Y— Republican News (@RepublicanWire) August 26, 2012
Mike Huckabee sent Hurricane Isaac to Tampa as payback for Romney calling on Akin to withdraw from MO Senate race— Demetrius Minor (@dminor85) August 25, 2012
Who wants to bet hurricane Isaac gets to the GOP Convention just in time for Mike Huckabee's "Loving Tribute to Climate-Change Deniers?"— Jim Earl (@jimearl666) August 24, 2012
Cowardly GOP should have just stood its ground and gone all NRA on the hurricane.— Gen JC Christian (@JC_Christian) August 26, 2012
The GOP would like to thank the NOAA for warning them that a hurricane was going to disrupt their "let's dismantle government" party— Josh Chambers (@fleetadmiralj) August 26, 2012
Snookie has begun labor as the GOP prepares for Hurricane Isaac. God has an incredible sense of humor. And timing.— Lisa Guerrero (@4lisaguerrero) August 25, 2012
The RNC has moved back to Monday after they realized the Issac coming in town was a hurricane and not a black bartender from The Love Boat.— Fake Dispatch (@Fake_Dispatch) August 25, 2012
There is a Hurricane that's gonna hit the RNC in Tampa and even Sarah Palin can see it from her house, in Alaska.lol ;)T— Todd W. Byars (@CorpRattX) August 25, 2012
Sarah Palin is still available to go save the RNC from the hurricane, goshdarnit.— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) August 23, 2012