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GOP hopes to stay out of trouble in Tampa



House Republicans are officially worried that lawmakers and staffers will stray off the straight-and-narrow path at the GOP convention in Tampa this month.

With the advent of cell phones, anyone can be an opposition tracker, so members should be wary of doing anything questionable in public, Rep. Pete Sessions, the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, warned fellow Republicans at a Capitol Hill meeting Wednesday.

"Let's say you are going to have a cup of coffee. Perhaps, it's a late night cup of coffee. Be careful," the Texas Republican said at a conference committee meeting, according to several sources who attended.

Such worries are nothing new — organizers of the 2004 convention in New York City worried about delegates ending up in some of that city's seedier establishments, say some who attended the event. Sessions didn't offer any specifics about what he's concerned about in Tampa, and his office declined to elaborate.

Other Republicans, however, said they believe party leadership is particularly worried this year — at least in part because of the prevalence of strip clubs in Tampa.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 5:13pm]


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