The Republican party will gather in Cleveland from July 18th to 21st to formally nominate and celebrate their presidential nominee.
Senator Pat Toomey will not be there.
After previously stating that he would “probably” attend the Republican National Convention, the Senator told WFMZ yesterday that he’ll be campaigning instead.
Well, Toomey likely believed that someone other than Donald Trump would be the nominee.
At the moment, Trump’s poll numbers in a general election are rather weak so it doesn’t appear to be the best strategy to devote multiple days to his convention.
Senator Toomey is not unique in this regard as several candidates have also stated that they will be campaigning instead of being in Cleveland. In fact, yesterday it was revealed that the last two Republican Presidents (George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush) and the last two Republican nominees (John McCain and Mitt Romney) wouldn’t be at the convention.
“Senator Toomey will have a busy campaign schedule in Pennsylvania in the summer, so it’s not likely he will attend the convention, but he has not ruled it out, and will make a scheduling judgment much later in the summer,” campaign spokesman Ted Kwong told PoliticsPA.
While this move is really quite inconsequential, it exposes a central component of his race against Democratic nominee Katie McGinty. If Pat Toomey can make the election about him and McGinty, he’ll be on favorable ground. On the other hand, if the election is nationalized in this blue-leaning commonwealth, the landscape won’t be as hospitable.