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Coastal governors, delegates skip GOP convention

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  Gov. Bobby Jindal announced last week he was skipping the Republican National Convention in Florida, where he was scheduled to make an appearance under the national spotlight, because then-Tropical Storm Isaac had Louisiana in its crosshairs.

  Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Florida Gov. Rick Scott also stayed behind, as did other statewide Republicans, who excused themselves from the GOP's main event to focus on communities impacted by Isaac.

  Meanwhile, some convention goers weren't shy about hoping Isaac would stay out of Florida. Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu told Fox News, "We'll keep hoping that Isaac moves as far west as he can." Sununu also complained that the media was "obsessed with mother nature" and was diverting attention from the convention to the storm's path. "No one can help if there's a storm coming," he said.

  Before her Tuesday address, Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, took a higher road saying, "I think we should all take this moment and recognize that fellow Americans are in [Isaac's] path and just hope and pray that all remain safe."

  Other Louisiana delegates, many of whom were directly affected by Hurricane Isaac, stayed closer to home, just as they did in 2008, when Hurricane Gustav interrupted the convention in Minneapolis. — Alex Woodward

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