Senate GOPer Tells Colleagues To Stay Away From Republican Convention

UNITED STATES - APRIL 07: Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., talks with a reporter after a vote in the Capitol, April, 07, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
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The chairman of the Senate Republican campaign arm told reporters he was advising colleagues facing tough contests for re-election to stay away from the GOP convention in Cleveland this summer, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) told reporters that his colleagues shouldn’t participate in a fight for delegates among Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump.

“If there’s going to be a brouhaha, I’m advising candidates to be present for more unifying events,” Wicker said, according to The Hill.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) was the first GOP senator to say he won’t attend the convention and instead plans to focus on his re-election campaign. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also has said he won’t attend in order to work on his own re-election.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), who will serve as the Republican National Convention chair in July, has urged GOP lawmakers to attend, arguing that they shouldn’t be worried about being tied to the eventual nominee.

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