Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 | 3:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- One notable absence from last week's Republican Governors' Association meeting was that of Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons.
Gibbons' decision not to attend the annual confab was all the more noticeable because two of his potential challengers in next year's Republican primary election showed up. Both Brian Sandoval and Mike Montandon attended.
The governor's office said Gibbons was too busy handling state business to make the trip to this year's event in Austin.
"The business of running the State of Nevada outweighed the need to attend the Republican Governors Association meeting," said spokesman Daniel Burns.
Having would-be governors attend the conference as candidates is not unusual. But what was noteworthy, as one attendee put it, was to see them making the rounds while the incumbent governor was not.