Gerwig last week had told me Brady definitely would be there, unlike numerous other top Republicans such as former Gov. Jim Edgar, House GOP Leader Jim Durkin and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, as I wrote in my column in the new issue of Crain’s.
Why the apparent change?
“No change, just working on scheduling. Got ahead of myself,” Gerwig replied. But Brady was named a delegate to the convention by the state party at its meeting just nine days ago, and I have a hunch that wouldn’t have happened if he said he might not go.
With COVID cases soaring in both North Carolina and Florida—the convention will be split between Charlotte and Jacksonville next month—some delegates may have second thoughts about the wisdom of locking themselves in a building with thousands of other folks, many of them on the older side.
Health risks may also have kept down attendance at President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa over the weekend, where officials say a stadium that could hold 19,000 people attracted about 6,000, not counting Trump staffers and those in skyboxes.