John Crowley, the bio tech millionaire from Princeton who spent several hours – twice – as a candidate for the 2008 GOP nomination for United States Senator, wants to use the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis next month to introduce himself to party leaders and opinion leaders. Crowley is reportedly considering a run for Governor in 2009. He has scheduled a posh party on a boat trip down the Mississippi River for Monday morning, the first day of the convention. The problem for Crowley is that his boat trip now conflicts with a scheduled convention session, which means that the key people he wanted to spend time bonding with won’t be available.
Because national conventions always come the year before a gubernatorial election, candidates for Governor typically throw a convention party. This tradition, at least on a grand scale, started with Joseph “Bo” Sullivan, an Essex County millionaire who was virtually unknown in political circles until his lavish 1980 party in Detroit helped catapult him to the top tier of candidates. The winner of the ’81 primary was Tom Kean, who didn’t have a party at all: he went to Detroit as a commentator for NJN News.