Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri phoned today from a paddle-wheel boat on the Mississippi River. Muri, a Republican national delegate, was cruising the river in the Twin Cities with the rest of the Washington delegation.
So far, the Republican National Convention has been a low-key affair, thanks in part to the cancellation of planned speakers yesterday due to Hurricane Gustav.
Among them was President Bush, who went to Texas instead to be with disaster workers as the hurricane approached.
Bush now is expected to address the convention tonight via satellite.
Muri said he’s been using the extra time to get to know people in Washington’s 80-person delegation. There were local meetings on Monday, and the group took a tour of Minneapolis.
A business meeting yesterday that typically would have taken five or six hours was dispatched with in just an hour.
Muri and others enjoyed an hour-long breakfast today with former Sen. Slade Gorton.
“There is more time as a delegation to get to know one another,” Muri said.