By Patrick Crowley
Enquirer staff writer
COVINGTON - For at least one day, nobody can accuse Northern Kentucky Republicans of running a dirty campaign. Local delegates to the party's national nominating convention in New York will join GOP candidates, office holders and party leaders today in a community cleanup project.
The "Compassion Across America" effort is a run-up to the Republican National Convention, which begins Aug. 30.
The Republicans are scheduled to gather at 10 a.m. and pick up trash at the Interstate 75 Fourth Street ramp in Covington.
"The local GOP is taking President Bush's message to heart in undertaking a program to improve the appearance of a major gateway in our community," said Kenton County GOP Chairman Greg Shumate, a first-time convention delegate.
"We are committed, individually and as a party, to improving the environment and the community in which we live," Shumate said. "Politics aside, we have consistently worked to make our community a better place to work and live."
Others taking part include Secretary of State Trey Grayson of Richwood, Kenton County Judge-executive Ralph Drees, 4th Congressional District candidate Geoff Davis, Sen. Jack Westwood of Crescent Springs and 4th District GOP Chairman Marcus Carey.
Republican delegates in other communities have performed various acts of community service, according to the Republican National Convention Web site.
In Oregon, delegates collected 400 pounds of food and raised $700 for a local food bank.
School supplies for children in Afghanistan were collected by Republicans in Rhode Island.
And in Nevada, Republicans were partisan as well as benevolent. They staged a health fair but also operated a voter registration booth during the event.
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