Reports: Charlotte is the front runner for the 2012 DNC

Posted by: ST on July 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

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.

My fellow Charlotteans Caleb Howe and Gay Patriot were jokingly debating yesterday about whether or not to give the DNC committee coming to Charlotte next week a “welcoming party” ;) .

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? ;)

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3 Responses to “Reports: Charlotte is the front runner for the 2012 DNC”


  1. Carlos says:

    And, at an initial investment of $40M to realize a surge of up to $200M, the city would only have to clear 20% taxes on that $200M to break even.

    Sounds like a fool’s game to me, but what the heck? Y’all would get to see the best of the best of the tin foil hats in the nation. Must be worth something.

  2. Jo says:

    Clean up on Aisle Three! Those entitlement, pseudo elitist, radical masses will literally trash the Queen city. I won’t go within 75 miles of the place if this travesty happens. Glad the SC Upstate is far enough away not to be infested.

  3. Dana says:

    Some of us are hoping more for a “Cheney for Global President” halter top! :d