WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - At the Saddlebrook Resort and Spa in Wesley Chapel, it's easy to pick out members of the Texas delegation. They are the ones in boots and cowboy hats.
But the Louisiana contingent is staying at the resort too. They are the ones worrying about what Tropical Storm Isaac might do back home.
"I'm checking emails and checking the weather reports and tracking the storm to see where it's going to go," said alternate delegate Lloyd Harsch who is from New Orleans. He says his family actually made an evacuation plan just in case.
Some Louisiana delegates are going back to deal with the storm. Chris Guidry says they faced the same problem in 2008. "Four years ago we had Hurricane Gustav as we started our convention in Minneapolis, so that was an issue we all had to make arrangements to go home or make sure our family was safe."
One of the stars of the Republican party, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was supposed to be staying at Saddlebrook and speaking at the convention. But he's skipping the convention just as he did in 2008 to be back home as his state prepares for Isaac.
"I feel confident that my family safe knowing that all of elected officials are home doing the things that we elected them to do," said Guidry.
It was seven years ago this week Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Linda Skidmore-Foreman lost her home in that storm and says no matter what happens in New Orleans, the convention must go on.
"They want us to prepare for the future because New Orleans prepares for the future. So I think that connection to the spirit of New Orleans which is always positive, and the spirit of the Republican party which is positive will come together beautifully," said Skidmore-Foreman.
This was supposed to be a trip centered around politics, but for many weather is topic number one.
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