Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, performs a symbolic gaveling Aug. 27, 2012, for the start of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. After making the declaration to a mostly empty room, Priebus promptly called a recess ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac, which was heading towards the city. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, performs a symbolic gaveling Aug. 27, 2012, for the start of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. After making the declaration to a mostly empty room, Priebus promptly called a recess ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac, which was heading towards the city. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)