New York, NY —
Republican delegates gathered for their national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, are in a wait-and-see mode, as party officials monitor the hurricane pounding the Gulf Coast. New Jersey's delegation has turned its hospitality hotel suite into a donation center for hurricane victims. Meanwhile, other delegates continue to unite behind John McCain's VP pick, Sarah Palin, like Robert Straniere. He says she stands for the issues important to New York Republicans.
STRANIERE: Low taxes, fighting corruption where she can find it, her pro-life message and her executive experience I think is significant.
REPORTER: Straniere is running to replace Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella, who is not seeking re-election following a drunken driving incident and revelations he fathered a child with a woman who is not his wife.