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Monday, December 1, 2003
Political and PR Genius

By Steven Taylor @ 6:38 am

Yes, that’s a good idea: G.O.P. Option at Convention: Luxury Liner

The House majority leader, Tom DeLay, would like the ship to serve as a floating entertainment center for Republican members of Congress, and their guests, when the convention comes to New York City next Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.

“Our floating hotel will provide members an opportunity to stay in one place, in a secure fashion,” said a spokesman for Mr. DeLay, Jonathan Grella. He did notelaborate.

Nothing like re-inforcing the idea that the Reps are the “party of the rich".

And this will make great PR:

New York would lose money if Mr. DeLay decides to charter the ship because it would draw visitors and dollars away from city hotels, restaurants and shops.

And no kidding:

Republicans are not necessarily happy, either. Many say the cruise ship could undermine one reason New York was chosen for the first time in the party’s history as the site of its convention: to help advance the idea that Republicans are the new big-tent party, trying to embrace all voters.

Instead, Republican strategists say, being docked on the Hudson River would send out the message that they are a bunch of elitists who will not mingle with city residents and just might be ducking New York’s laws, including the one that prohibits smoking in public places (a cruise ship might be exempt, or at least unwelcome territory for a city health inspector).

Further, since the parties get federal funds to help pay for thier convention, side-spending like this by the RNC is unseemly at best.

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