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Isaac stalling elected officials' GOP travel plans

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Posted: Aug 27, 2012 10:25 AM
Updated: Aug 27, 2012 10:25 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, republican, travel, plans, tampa, florida, convention, gop, isaac, tropical, storm, hurricane

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican elected officials are scrapping or delaying Florida travel plans for the GOP's national convention. Some who had arrived in Tampa quickly turned around and headed home to wait for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Gov. Bobby Jindal hasn't officially canceled his plans to speak at the convention, but says he won't leave Louisiana "as long as we're in harm's way."

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain made it to Tampa, but is returning to Louisiana Monday, according to his spokeswoman Veronica Mosgrove. Jefferson Parish President John Young, whose parish is a New Orleans suburb, abandoned his trip.

In neighboring Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant has delayed his travel and is monitoring weather conditions, according to his spokesman, Mick Bullock.

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has canceled his convention travel.

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