Due to Tropical Storm Isaac, Republican congressional candidate Ricky’s Gill’s speech before the Republican National Convention has been postponed until 11:35 a.m. PDT today, according to campaign spokesman Colin Hunter.
Gill was scheduled to address the convention on Monday, but due to the storm threatening the Tampa, Fla., area, the opening day was postponed until today.
Gill, who grew up in Lodi, will focus his speech on the needs of the 9th Congressional District, which includes San Joaquin County and Galt, and put the San Joaquin Valley on the national stage, Hunter said. He will also address water and Delta issues.
Gill, of Lodi, is running for the 9th Congressional District seat against Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton. He can be seen on C-Span and online at C-Span Convention Hub, www.c-span.org/RNC, beginning at 11 a.m. PDT, Hunter said. The News-Sentinel will also be tweeting highlights from the speech.
Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to come to the Tampa Bay area for the Republican convention, including delegates, alternate delegates, media and other guests.
Tropical Storm Isaac left 24 dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but it blew past the Florida Keys with little damage and promised a soaking but little more for Tampa, according to The Associated Press.
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