A handful of senators will reportedly not attend the GOP convention next month in Florida, according to The Hill.
Aides for the senators have confirmed that Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will all be skipping the convention.
Collins’ aide confirmed that she was never planning to attend the GOP convention because she does not go when she herself is up for reelection.
Romney has had high-profile snafus with the president of the United States, being that Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to impeach the president earlier this year, while Murkowski opposed ObamaCare’s repeal and Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“I’m not going to be describing who I’ll be voting for, I don’t imagine,” Romney told reporters last month.
Murkowski, who was open about not voting for Trump in 2016, told reporters that she was “struggling” with whether support him in November.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that “the leader has every intention of attending.”
Michael Braun (R-Ind.), who was elected to the Senate in 2018, tweeted that he would be in attendance.
I campaigned with President Trump in 2018 – where he helped expand our Senate majority – and touted his policies to Make America Great Again. I‘ll be at the @GOPconvention in Jacksonville with @realDonaldTrump where we will kick off the 2020 campaign to #KeepAmericaGreat! pic.twitter.com/ZEoBcoOSiI
— Mike Braun (@braun4indiana) July 7, 2020
More from The Hill:
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the oldest Republican senator, on Monday became the first to formally say he would skip the gathering. He told Iowa reporters that he would not attend because of the coronavirus.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who is retiring at the end of the year, also announced Tuesday that he would not attend, with his office saying he was saving delegate spots for people who had not previously gone to a party convention.
Republicans announced last month that they were moving the main events, including Trump’s speech accepting the party’s nomination, from Charlotte, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla., amid a break with North Carolina’s governor over whether the convention could go forward without social distancing measures in place.