Celebs Come Out for GOP, Too

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

A spokesman for Chuck Norris, who campaigned on behalf of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, told ABC News the martial arts star, famous for his roundhouse kicks, is not attending this week's convention and has not yet endorsed McCain.

"He wants to see where things are going before he commits himself," said Jeff Duclos, Norris' publicist

Huckabee can be added to the entertainment roster this week, pulling out his guitar for McCain at the Spin Nightclub in Minneapolis Tuesday, where he will perform with his band, Capitol Offense. The former presidential contender often performed for supporters and fans when he was in the '08 running for the Oval Office.

"Hills" star Heidi Montag, whose support forMcCain ricocheted throughout the blogosphere after she was seen lunching with his daughter McCain Blogette Meghann, is also not in attendance in the Twin Cities this week, though according to E! she's still hoping to take her campaign for McCain all the way to Iraq.

RNC Courts Celebs, but Finds No Democratic Party

In contrast, the Democratic convention in Denver was crowded with celebs, from Kal Penn volunteering on the delegate floor to Susan Sarandon in the stands with Anne Hathaway at Mile High Stadium to the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Kanye West serenading the after-parties. There was no question last week that the Democrats embraced "the famous" alongside "the famous for Washington."

The Poker Players' Alliance held a closed press fundraiser in Denver for the Paralyzed Veterans of America and featured the likes of Affleck, Sarah Silverman, Paul Rudd, and Seth Meyers. It will host a similar fundraiser at the Republican convention. But with the star wattage and celebrity connections considerably dimmed this week in St. Paul, they'll have poker pros Victor Ramdin and Greg Raymer on hand for the event.

Daryl Friedman, the vice president for advocacy for the Grammy Foundation, said the star quotient is lower at the RNC because the organization wanted to highlight different talent.

"In Denver, we focused on our artists. We had a rock show at a club with Daughtry and the band Everclear. In Minneapolis, we're focusing on our songwriters, people who have written big hits, but you don't know their names. They're the guys behind the song."

The Grammy foundation hosted a songwriters circle on Tuesday as part of its "Rock the Conventions" program, including Brett James, best recognized for writing Carrie Underwoods' chart-topping hit "Jesus, Take the Wheel," and Greg Laswell, who has penned songs for "Grey's Anatomy" and "Smallville."

Friedman also added that the timing caused fewer stars to sign up for this week's events.

"Labor Day week tends to be a busy week for artists for touring, so it was more convenient to get the artists to tour last week in Denver," Friedman said.

The Impact Film Festival also held events in both Denver and St. Paul, most notably previewing a new film following female members of Congress from both sites of the aisle, and narrated by Annette Bening. While Bening graced Democrats in Denver, the film festival confirms the star was not present in St. Paul.

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