Former President George W. Bush won’t be in Tampa when Republicans gavel their national convention to order on Monday.
Rather, the 43rd president will be in Columbus, Ga.
Bush has an 8 p.m. speaking gig at Columbus State University at a leadership forum. He’ll be introduced by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Coincidentally, the Washington Post has a retrospective piece on the former president this morning, which includes this:
Bush, who left office in 2009 with a historically low popularity level, seems content in self-imposed exile. “I crawled out of the swamp, and I’m not crawling back in,” he said in a rare interview with the Hoover Institution this year.
This is not exactly a shattering development for a Republican Party that is hoping to put its best face on display at next week’s convention in Tampa. Despite rallying around Bush for years, especially after the Sept. 11 strikes, the party hasn’t exactly clamored for input from the man who led the country for eight years.
ABC News is reporting this morning that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hinting at a new reason for not disclosing more of his financial history – the amount of money that he tithes to the Mormon church:
“Our church doesn’t publish how much people have given,” Romney told Parade Magazine in an interview that will appear in the August 26 issue of the magazine
“This is done entirely privately,” he said. “One of the downsides of releasing one’s financial information is that this is now all public, but we had never intended our contributions to be known. It’s a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church.”
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss has spent much of August in Georgia, talking to business leaders about the “devastating” impact that sequestration – across-the-board cuts to the federal budget – will have on the state.
Chambliss continues to push his Gang of Six solution to a deal on the federal deficit, a mix of heavy cuts and revenue increases.
Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1 FM) has posted a 13-minute interview with Chambliss, in which the Republican senator admits that his campaign will have implications in 2014. “Oh, there will be a primary opponent,” Chambliss said.
For Republicans not headed for the swamp of politics in Tampa, Wall Street Journal editorialist Stephen Moore will headline an Americans for Prosperity “summit” to be held in Kennesaw on Saturday. Click here for details.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today tries to untangle statements by an aide to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on the awarding of concession contracts at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider