Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is the second recognized GOP senator who says he’ll skip the Republican Nationwide Conference this August.
Alexander, 80, will not attend President Trump’s nomination festivities in Jacksonville, Fla., although he holds an honorary management function with the reelection marketing campaign, his workplace stated Tuesday.
“Senator Alexander is an honorary chair of the Tennessee Trump marketing campaign, however he won’t be attending the conference as a result of he believes the delegate spots must be reserved for individuals who haven’t had that privilege earlier than as he has had,” in keeping with an announcement from Alexander’s workplace.
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Alexander is just not in search of reelection to the Senate.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, already stated he will not attend the RNC due to the coronavirus, as docs warn that enormous indoor gatherings are high-risk settings to unfold the an infection.
Grassley, 86, has attended each RNC since 1980.
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“I’m not going to go. And I’m not going to go due to the virus state of affairs,” Grassley stated Monday, in keeping with the Des Moines Register.
The Republican Nationwide Conference was initially scheduled for Charlotte, N.C., however the RNC moved most of its operations to Jacksonville after complaining Gov. Roy Cooper couldn’t give clear steering on whether or not a large-scale gathering can be permitted as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
In the meantime, COVID-19 continues to surge in the US, with Florida reporting record-high coronavirus circumstances this weekend.
In contrast to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Trump has prioritized resuming large marketing campaign occasions regardless of issues from well being officers that enormous gatherings can turn into so-called “super-spreader” occasions for coronavirus an infection.
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Trump has one other rally deliberate for Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H. In contrast to his latest Tulsa rally, the marketing campaign has opted for an outside occasion this weekend and “strongly inspired” supporters to put on face masks.