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Posted on 07/08/2014 9:07:07 AM PDT by chrisser
CLEVELAND, Ohio Capping off a months-long lobbying effort, Cleveland will be the host of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Cleveland as the location on the Fox News Channel in a live, on-air interview. The interview was immediately preceded by a tweet, which has since been deleted, from a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association.
"We're excited about bringing the convention to Cleveland in Ohio, and we're excited about the decision. We think it's a smart decision," Priebus said.
Cleveland edged out Dallas, the other finalist, as the recommended location for the convention, giving the city an opportunity to strut its stuff to a national crowd while placing Ohio even more firmly in the political spotlight for the upcoming presidential election.
"I think it's great," said Rob Frost, the Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman. "I'm really excited to welcome our Republican colleagues from around the nation to Cleveland in 2016. I think this convention will really elevate Cleveland in the eyes of the nation, and elevate Republicans in the eyes of Cleveland."
Now that the recommendation from the Republican National Committee's site selection committee is in, negotiations with Cleveland officials are expected to begin shortly. A press conference will be held later this afternoon.
The courtship with the national GOP dates back to at least February, when the city submitted its bid. Cleveland was selected a week later as one of eight contenders.
The RNC narrowed the list to four in late May, and on June 25 picked Cleveland and Dallas as the two finalists to host the event.
And last week, RNC officials visited Cleveland to assess "creative ways" to make the city's bid work.
Conventions can be significant economic generators for a city. One study showed that the 2012 GOP convention pumped more than $200 million into the Tampa and Florida economies. That convention drew roughly 50,000 visitors.
Cleveland's convention pitch was rooted in political geography and in a downtown renaissance that leaders said occurred after the city lost its bid for the GOP's 2008 convention. Since that audition, Cleveland has added more hotel rooms and a new convention center.
It's also believed that the expected June availability of Quicken Loans Arena, which will host floor events for the convention, played a role.
Fundraising is another key consideration, and local boosters have estimated that Cleveland will need to raise $55 million to $60 million to cover the costs of hosting.
Boosters are also working to lure the 2016 Democratic National Convention, although officials have said it is highly unlikely the city could host both events.
I’m actually more concerned about Prince Preibus and the royal court shortening the primary so we can be stuck with their presumptive nominee.
Payoff from the RINO NRC to the (newly revealed) RINO Governor Kasich.
The RNC is run by RINOs, so no surprise there.
They should’ve picked Miami, at least they could’ve taken advantage of South Beach.
I thought for sure that Dallas would get it.
WTF is the GOP thinking? BLUE CITY/VERY BLUE COUNTY/ light blue state!
I’m in Fort Worth, so I’m grateful that I won’t have to endure the drifting stench.
What a dumb move.
I’m one of the taxpayers in Saint Paul who is still paying settlements to the left-wing nuts who were successful in their lawsuits against the local police for roughing them up. Be careful out there.
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Wow. Is the RNC confused, or what?
Too much happening in Texas right now for the RNC’s comfort. Besides, Paul Begala called Perry an idiot and that made Reince all verklempt. So Cleveland gets the nod.
There was no way in Hell Priebus would allow the convention to be held in the heart of Tea Party Country.
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How about they have it right on the border! Make a statement!
Did all the bars and clubs on “the Flats” go bankrupt ?
Hugh Hewitt will be orgasmic and unlistenable this afternoon.
They should have picked Florida.
OFA, ACORN, SEIU, etc jump with joy. Much easier to recruit armies of demonstrators in Cleveland.