Capitol Alert
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August 25, 2012

ST. PETE BEACH – A tropical storm heading in the direction of the Florida coast is shaking up the schedule for the roughly 750 California Republicans set to gather in Tampa as delegates, alternates and guests at the Republican National Convention.

Convention officials decided today to postpone much of Monday’s schedule in light of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the coming days.

The forecast for severe weather is also causing some logistical challenges for the California delegation, which is staying at the oceanside TradeWinds Resort in St. Pete Beach.

“Our parties and what’s happening at the convention (are) going to change probably daily as we try to adapt to whatever the hurricane or the storm is going to bring to us,” Don Willet, the chief operating officer for the delegation, told delegates Saturday night.

Officials already moved to cancel the delegation’s Monday night host party, but are working to make alternative plans.

California delegation organizers are also looking into changing the location of a Tuesday brunch featuring House Speaker John Boehner, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Rep. Darrell Issa that was scheduled to take place on the beach of another resort.

At least one delegate found himself stranded at an airport en route to Tampa Saturday. It was unclear how the storm will affect travel plans of the roughly 200 California attendees expected to arrive after today.

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