Father of Bristol Palin's child to attend GOP convention

Palin's boyfriend, Levi Johnston, has left Alaska and is bound for St. Paul.

Published September 2, 2008 10:14PM (EDT)

The Republican convention may have been shortened, and may have ended up without some of the guests who'd figured to play prominent roles. But there's one very interesting addition, a surprise guest whose attendance has just been announced: Levi Johnston, the father of 17-year-old Bristol Palin's unborn child.

Johnston "left Alaska on Tuesday morning to join the Palin family in St. Paul," the Associated Press reports, based on an interview with his mother. Sherry Johnston also told the AP that her son has not been pressured to marry Bristol Palin, and that the couple had planned to wed even before the pregnancy was discovered.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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