Va. Delegates Party on Eve of Convention
MINNEAPOLIS -- Virginia delegates and other guests from the state gathered last night to play pool, air hockey and other games at the delegation's "Arcade Night" welcome party at the Minneapolis hotel where they are staying this week for the Republican National Convention.
The atmosphere was festive despite news that most of Monday's convention activities would be canceled due to concern about Hurricane Gustav hitting the Gulf Coast.
Among those in the crowd were Pat Boone, the 1950s singer turned conservative commentator; John H. Hager, former lieutenant governor and father-in-law to Jenna Bush; and U.S. Reps. Tom Davis and Thelma Drake.
Drake, who is in a tough re-election battle in Hampton Roads, was the only elected official from Virginia scheduled to speak during the convention until her speech on Monday was postponed, perhaps canceled, because of Gustav. Drake, who had planned on flying back to Virginia Tuesday, said she was disappointed she would probably not speak after all.
"Everyone understands the impact of the storm,'' she said.
At the party, Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), state GOP chairman, and his wife, Amy, announced that they would donate $1,000 to a church in Baton Rouge, La. to help potential hurricane victims. They encouraged others to make contributions as well.
Party-goers snacked on ice cream, pretzels and waffle fries while sipping beer and wine, playing music from a jukebox and reconnecting with old friends.
Many conversations focused on the impending hurricane or presumptive presidential nominee John McCain's surprise pick for vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, called Palin "the new face of the Republican party."
Stewart said he made a last-minute decision to attend the convention and plans to spend some time this week visiting relatives who live in the area -- all Democrats.
September 1, 2008; 12:48 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , At the 2008 Conventions , Election 2008/President , John McCain , Robert F. McDonnell , Thomas M. Davis III
Save & Share: Previous: Va. Delegates Take Schedule Changes in Stride
Next: Surrogates Talk Up McCain-Palin Ticket
Posted by: Michael1945 | September 1, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.