Vice President Mike Pence expected to visit Birmingham today

Vice President Mike Pence expected to visit Birmingham today
On the Georgia Trail: Pences plans, hurricane politics, we kick them
The trip to Atlanta and Birmingham includes an appearance in support of Republican Brian Kemps bid for Georgia governor.

The White House says Pence will visit the Delta Airlines TechOps facility in Atlanta on Thursday to meet with employees and deliver remarks.

Pence will then attend two political events, including a Georgia GOP fundraiser. Pence had been scheduled to come to Georgia last month but the event was cancelled because of Hurricane Florence.

Pence headlined a rally for Kemp in July ahead of the Republican primary runoff. Kemp faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in next months general election

Vice President Mike Pence already had to cancel one fundraiser to boost Republican Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor because of a hurricane. He’s not yet sidelined the makeup date despite another monster storm headed for Georgia.

Pence still plans to arrive at a Delta Air Lines facility Thursday afternoon and then follow it up with a high-dollar Georgia GOP fundraiser in Buckhead. Donors were sent an email late Wednesday asking them to “please monitor your inbox” in case of a late change.

If he comes, he’ll surely be shadowed by questions about the timing of his visit, just as Hurricane Michael is churning through Georgia.

Democrats also plan to roll out the welcome mat with a rally outside of the Grand Hyatt Buckhead featuring a range of supporters of Democrat Stacey Abrams. Among the speakers are Jeff Graham of Georgia Equality and Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project.

The trip was moved to Thursday after an earlier visit was scrapped in September as Hurricane Florence menaced Georgia. For that trip, Pence scheduled two Florence-related pit stops before he was to arrive at the GOP benefit.

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