- The Washington Times - Monday, August 30, 2004

NEW YORK — Alabama boasted about its sunny beaches. Connecticut didn’t dare let the spotlight pass without mentioning its two college basketball champions. And Idaho, of course, just had to talk about potatoes.

The Republican convention yesterday got around to the formality of nominating President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to a second term with a roll call full of home-state bragging and lots of praise for their beloved incumbents.

As in 2000, the roll was to be spread out over three days. Twenty-one states and territories went to the microphone in yesterday’s session, though four states — Florida, Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky — passed as convention officials tried to keep secret which state would give Mr. Bush the 1,255 delegate votes to seal the nomination.

Democrat scouts handling of press

NEW YORK — The Democratic official in charge of providing the working press with office space and amenities to do their jobs yesterday scouted the Republican way of doing things.

At the congressional credentials center — which accredits reporters and photographers for both parties — Wally Podrazik said he wants to see for the first time how the other team runs its logistics and operations.

One key site on his sightseeing list was the media restaurant in the old General Post Office building, operated by Fairway London Foods, an operation which describes itself as “cheap and cheerful.”

Ex-senator content to remain TV actor

NEW YORK — Senator-turned-actor Fred Thompson says he has no intention of ever seeking elective office again, though he is maintaining an interest in politics and national issues.

Professionally, Mr. Thompson has become a star on the TV series “Law and Order” since deciding against seeking re-election to his Tennessee seat in the U.S. Senate two years ago. Personally, he has become a father again.

He and his wife, Jeri, showed off a pile of snapshots of 11-month-old Hayden Thompson to members of the Tennessee delegation as the former senator collected his credentials as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

N.J. delegates: McGreevey must go

NEW YORK — The New Jersey delegation to the Republican National Convention unanimously passed a resolution yesterday saying Gov. James E. McGreevey should resign immediately so a special election can be held in November. Mr. McGreevey, a Democrat, has announced his intention to step down in mid-November in the wake of a homosexual affair. By his staying on till November, the Democratic state Senate president will assume the post without an election.

“This governor has an obligation, an obligation to the citizens of this state to put the citizens ahead of partisan politics. He needs to step down now,” said former Republican Gov. Christie Whitman at the delegation’s meeting.

Probe targets release of delegates’ names

NEW YORK — The Secret Service is investigating the posting on the Internet of names and personal information about thousands of delegates to the Republication National Convention, officials said yesterday.

The probe focuses on anonymous postings on a Web site operated by the Independent Media Center, which describes itself as “a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate and passionate tellings of the truth.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, whose lawyers are representing the Web site’s administrators, gave the Secret Service the e-mail addresses of the administrators in a letter yesterday. But the ACLU said the group is not responsible for postings of lists of Republican delegates because the site guarantees anonymity to anyone who wants it.

Like Warner, Steele conjures up Moses

NEW YORK — Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Virginia Gov. Mark Warner might have the same speechwriter, even though they come from opposite political parties and neighboring states.

Both Mr. Steele, a Republican, and Mr. Warner, a Democrat, made reference to Moses when discussing the upcoming presidential election. Yesterday, Mr. Steele told the Maryland delegation: “You know what it’s like to walk the desert for 40 years. Heck, our desert had desert. We have come a long way. Our Moses has been [Governor] Bob Ehrlich, and there is no doubt about his leadership to help us get out of the desert and move forward.”

The comments came as Mr. Steele predicted the traditionally Democratic state will go to President Bush in November. Mr. Warner made similar comments when predicting Virginia will go to Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry in November.

“It has been awhile since Virginia voted for a Democrat for president. Moses wandered in the desert for 40 years. Virginia has been wandering in the Republican desert for 40 years,” Mr. Warner said during the Democratic National Convention.


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