Mayor Manny Stays Home

  Miami’s Mayor, Manny Diaz, scrubbed his plans to attend the RNC “at the last minute, because of Hurricane Gustav”, according to his spokesperson.  “He felt he would be of more use to the mayors of the impacted cities if he stayed in Miami”, spokeswoman Helena Poleo tells us.

  Diaz, of course, spoke at the Democrats’ get-together last week, though his speech was delayed a couple of nights, for reasons discussed on an earlier blog.

  Diaz, President of the US Conference of Mayors, did not endorse Barack Obama in his speech, but did say change– the watchword of Obama’s campaign– is needed.  What’s needed, said Diaz, is “a nation where a 6-year-old, like Barack, Like Manuel, can have access to opportunity… the audacity of hope.” 

  Diaz had not been invited, in his Conf. of Mayors role, at the RNC, but now apparently won’t make the trip to St. Paul at all.

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