Gulp. Via Fox Charlotte:
CHARLOTTE, NC – Reports have Charlotte as the front runner for the 2012 Democratic National Convention over St. Louis, Minneapolis and Cleveland. The economic impact is expected to bring in $150-$200 million dollars for the Queen City, but, there’s still a question about where the $40-$45 million in up front costs will come from.
Mayor Anthony Foxx laid out the city’s plan to secure the DNC in September 2012. Speaking in front of city leaders and state representatives at the Government Center in Uptown, Foxx said, “This is a magnitude of something that would be unprecedented for our city in a good way. It would be a game changer for Charlotte.”
The DNC would bring close to 35,000 delegates to Uptown, but, there’s still the question of who’s footing the $40-$45 million dollar up front costs needed to get it here. Much of that money is tied up in retrofitting Time Warner Cable Arena, enormous security issues, and promotion.
The DNC Review Committee will be in Charlotte next week to look the city over from a technical standpoint. “It’s a kick the tires type of visit, so we have to put our best foot forward,” said Foxx.
An announcement of which city will get the DNC is not expected until after the November elections.
As I’ve said before, it would not shock me at all to see the DNC pick Charlotte for their convention. They want to win this state again and would love nothing more than to embarass the GOP once more by having Barack Obama “keep NC blue” in November 2012. As I also said in my prior post, if the convention does come here, I want to make sure that I’m involved with other conservatives in giving the DNC a warm “welcome” – just as long as I know there will be a like-minded burly male or two nearby. As we’ve seen before, DNC/RNC convention protesters/activists can be quite unfriendly and in some cases, well, violent.
I’m guessing that if I do go, wearing my “Cheney for Global President” t-shirt would probably be a bad idea?