Organizers, delegates remain concerned about Isaac as RNC gets under way

by: Blair Miller Updated:

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TAMPA, Fla. - The Republican National Convention is now in full swing inside The Forum in Tampa.

And while there are plenty of big names taking the stage, convention organizers and delegates are still very much concerned about Isaac.

After a day of delays from the storm, the 55 delegates from North Carolina finally took their place on the convention floor.

Among them was Joe Pomykacz from Waxhaw. This is his third Republican convention.

“It's just like being part of history. We really enjoy it and we like to participate in the grassroots politics,” Pomykacz said.

But while the convention is meant to be a chance for the political party to nominate their candidate and celebrate their party, that's hard for the 46 delegates there from Louisiana. Nearly a third of them have left Tampa and gone home.

Eyewitness News met Brian Wilfong from Baton Rouge. He's worried about his family back home, about to face Isaac.

“I'm a little concerned now because my wife and kids are at home by themselves.  They know how to take care of themselves, so I'm sure they will be all right,” Wilfong said.

Convention officials said they are watching the storm and will adjust the message and tone of the speakers as needed.

Eddie Phillip, who lives in Charlotte's University area, is there as a North Carolina delegate. He said people there are thinking about those in the Gulf, but said the convention must go on.

“As far as getting rid of the convention? No. We have to be steadfast and move on and take care of business,” Phillip said.