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Md. GOP's Pelura: "We don't need a party"

ST. PAUL -- James Pelura, chairman of the Maryland Republicans, praised his party's decision this afternoon to pare down opening-day activities of its convention in response to Hurricane Gustav.

"Republicans are so enthused with our nominee, and really enthused with our vice presidential nominee, that that's enough for us," Pelura said. "We don't need a party. ... Normally, a convention is a big political pep rally. Now it's a business meeting."

That said, Pelura said he is also hopeful that the storm will "peter out," allowing Republicans to resume their convention schedule later in the week.

Some of the practical implications of the GOP decision remain to be seen. Pelura, for example, said he assumes daily delegation breakfasts at the hotel would go on as scheduled. Those, he said, were intended as much as informational sessions as anything. And the Maryland delegation was still planning to gather for a picture last night.

Pelura spoke from a suite in the downtown St. Paul Embassy Suites where he was greeting other Maryland delegates arriving for the weeklong convention. Name tags for about half the delegation were still sitting out.

An American flag was draped over a fifth-floor railing, visible to hotel guests in the indoor courtyard below.

Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert), a convention delegate, said it makes sense to "play it by ear" this week.

"Based on what we know now, we have important business to conduct here, but we have fellow Americans in harm's way," O'Donnell said. "It's indicative of John McCain, putting country ahead of everything else."

By John Wagner  |  August 31, 2008; 5:07 PM ET
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If the GOP is so enthusiastic about their nominee that they don't need a party, then why were they planning one before the hurricane formed?

I guess they were for it before they were against it.

Posted by: Really? | August 31, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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