Many Republicans Not Attending National Convention In Jacksonville, Florida

President Donald Trump may wish for a grand audience of thousands of delegates cheering him on at the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida in late August, but it looks as if many US Senators and others will not attend, due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic raging in the nation, and particularly in Florida.

Among those announcing they will not attend include two retiring Republican Senators, Pat Roberts of Kansas and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, with Roberts being 84 and Alexander 80 years of age.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who is 78, also has indicated he is unlikely to attend.

Additionally, the following Senators have made statements that they will not attend:

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

Susan Collins of Maine

Mitt Romney of Utah

Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who will be 87 in September

Expect more Senators and many Congressmen and other party figures to decide not to attend, and it is possible that the entire convention will have to be remote, which is the present plan of the Democrats, as the only practical solution in the middle of a pandemic which has killed 135,000 people in just over four months.

Joe Biden plans to go to Milwaukee in person to give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, but without a large audience, and Donald Trump, if he was smart, which he is not, should do the same thing, as this pandemic has transformed life in America for the foreseeable future.

6 comments on “Many Republicans Not Attending National Convention In Jacksonville, Florida

  1. D July 10, 2020 1:37 pm

    This blog site is about politics.

    But, at least some form of politics is into everything.

    That written—party conventions are not as interesting to me, because they can easily be canceled (not enough people care), but what I am really looking forward to is how National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell will respond to, or not to, having a 2020 NFL season. Yes—it has been reported that there will be a 2020 season. But, we’ll find out what will actually happen; especially given the recent rising cases of COVID–19. It should be interesting. (By the way: Roger is son to the late Charles Goodell, a former United States senator from New York, so there is a connection to that form of politics.)

  2. Ronald July 10, 2020 1:43 pm

    Yes, D, everything is politics, and I know that Roger Goodell’s father was Senator Charles Goodell of NY, who I actually voted for in 1970 over the Democratic alternative, because I thought he had done a good job. Of course, he lost, lol, and we were stuck with Conservative James Buckley, brother of National Review publisher William F. Buckley, Jr, yuck, lol, but he lost to Daniel Patrick Moynihan for that Senate seat in 1976. And James Buckley is still alive at 97 years of age as I write!

  3. Princess Leia July 10, 2020 4:53 pm

    I very highly doubt that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will happen in November.

    I think the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center will be different this year.

    New Year’s Eve shows will probably be different as well.

    I’m in doubt about the Tournament of Roses parade happening in January.

    I’m not so sure they’ll have the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden in February.

    Various awards shows are in question.

  4. Ronald July 10, 2020 5:01 pm

    I sadly agree with you, Princess Leia!

  5. Rational Lefty July 10, 2020 7:54 pm

    Northam is saying Virginia might have to go back to either phase 2 or modify phase 3. If we go back to phase 2, schools aren’t going to open in August, as planned.

    CNN is reporting that Atlanta is going back to phase 1.

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