On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that it had chosen heavily Democratic Cleveland to host its 2016 national convention. A meeting of the full RNC will ratify the choice next month in Chicago.
The RNC had narrowed the field to Cleveland and Dallas, both of which aggressively courted party officials.
Republicans believe that holding the convention in a swing state will help them win the Presidential race. They also know that no Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio. (Thus, as they say, “as Ohio goes, so goes the nation!”) An Ohio convention also allows the party to project a more moderate image than a convention in Texas.
Committee staff, however, played off the choice as merely a business decision. Cleveland promised the party access to Quicken Loans Area and six new downtown hotels that would total more than 20,000 rooms within twenty-five miles.
The committee forecasts 35,000 visitors and $200 million in revenue.
According to Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Cleveland has already raised over $30 million to pay for the convention.
“The Republican convention is going to happen somewhere, and if there’s going to be an economic impact, I want that to be in my community,” FitzGerald said. “Cleveland has had a lot of disappointments over the years. This is going to be a very high-profile opportunity for us to introduce the country and the world to what this city really is.”
Via The New York Times.