NHGOP Convention postponed, according to a release today by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. The convention was originally scheduled for May 2nd.
“[T]he NHGOP has decided to postpone the NHGOP Annual Convention that has been previously scheduled for May 2nd, 2020,” the Party said in a release this afternoon. “In following (the CDC and Governor’s) guidelines it is prudent to postpone the Convention to a date and location to be announced later.”
The release comes on the heels of the Governor’s press conference providing an update to New Hampshire on the COVID-19 status in the Granite State. The Governor warned that this won’t be over in a few weeks.
The New Hampshire legislature remains closed during the ongoing pandemic. Schools have transitioned to 100% remote, or distance learning. Restaurants and bars and still not permitted any dine-in customers. The New Hampshire Republican Convention seems far from the top of the priority list for anyone, but it’s foreboding that we are cancelling events nearly six weeks in advance.
The convention, whenever it is rescheduled, it set to have a fierce debate on the platform. Advocates on both sides of the marriage plank have made strong pitches in the past few months defending their position. It is unclear if a compromise can or will be reached before the delegates vote on the platform this year.
Massachusetts and a handful of other states have issued a variety of ‘stay-at-home’ orders, including forcing all ‘non-essential’ businesses to close.
New Hampshire’s Governor issued a new order today banning all scheduled gatherings of more than 10 people, a change from his previous order of 50 persons or fewer. Last week a State Court upheld Governor Sununu’s order banning gatherings of more than 50 after three NH Citizens sued on the basis of first amendment violations.