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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Yes, of course Michaele Salahi came to the convention with Neal Schon and Journey

Neal Schon and Michaele Salahi in their Sarasota, Fla., hotel Thursday. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

TAMPA — Lovebirds Neal Schon and Michaele Salahi landed here Thursday night for Journey’s concert at a closing-night party after the GOP convention. Politics didn’t play into the gig: The guitarist is a Democrat, but no one asked when booking the group. “I’m here to entertain,” he told us. “I’m going to pay respect to our country, our people and America.” (Also, there’s the money: Schon said organizers of the Liberty Plaza concerts, a private group separate from the Romney campaign, are indeed paying the band $500K, as rumored. “We get paid a lot for private gigs.”)

As for the politics of the White House’s most famous uninvited guest, Salahi was staying coy: “I wish both men the best. There has to be a very strong man, and the strongest man will win.”

Those nasty lawsuits with her ex Tareq Salahi have been resolved, she said. “We’re very happy. Things are moving in the right direction.” The only baggage left: Her 10 suitcases. What, you thought she did carry-on?

Read earlier: Tampa musical acts: Some Republican stalwarts, but others cross party lines, 8/27/12

What a Journey! Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon walk red carpet at Silverdocs, bail out early, 6/19/12

Other Tampa convention news in The Reliable Source:

Clint Eastwood goes unscripted with punchy speech at Republican convention (video)

John McCain’s quiet birthday on the sidelines in Tampa

Who’s the fourth kid with the Paul Ryan family? Chloe Romney (video)

GOP women in red on convention stage: Was there a memo going around? (photos)

Quoted: Josh Romney on continuing the Romney dynasty

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