Richard Grana Among Republicans at Convention
By Donna Groves
TAMPA, FL - Tropical Storm Isaac is putting a bit of a damper on the Republican National Convention, even though it's expected to move west of Tampa, Fla. Today's opening session of the convention has been canceled.
Reached this morning in Tampa, Richard Grana of Paducah said it was windy where he was but not raining. "Right now, it's not raining where we are, but it's wet. So it's been raining all night. Actually it's not blowing as much as it was during the night. You know the winds here are 35 miles per hour. I thought well, we get more than that in Paducah."
Once the convention gets underway in ernest, Grana said we'll see the involvement of some Kentucky lawmakers. "Of course, Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul. And we've had involvement with Ed Whitfield that's been on our platform committee.... And Ed has elevated the stature of coal to the baseload of electricity from what I understand. We just cannot meet the energy demand of our country without coal in the equation."
There'll just be a brief gathering and a call to order this afternoon and the GOP will recess until tomorrow.