Republican National Convention 2020
It’s decided, the Republican National Convention 2020 will be hosted in Charlotte should the city win the bid, which is very likely. Charlotte City Council Members met at the Convention Center downtown today, Monday, July 16, 2018 to vote on whether or not the Republican National Convention (RNC) would be hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election year. By a slim margin of six to five, vote approved to move forward with RNC 2020 in Charlotte.
Charlotte City Council Members were obviously divided in their views and vote as to whether or not the Republican National Convention 2020 should be hosted in Charlotte during what is going to be a crucial Presidential Election year for Politicians and Citizens alike, who may be leery or even fearful of the negative energy and conflicts among the parties during the event. Here is a break-down of the votes for yes and no to RNC hosting in Charlotte. A most curious outcome. The majority yes votes appear to be those of the more seasoned City Council Members that includes, Eiselt, Mitchell Jr., Egleston, Phipps, Driggs, and the sixth vote cast by Bokhari. Conversely, many of the new-comers to the Council voting in a resounding no, which included Winston, Ajmera, Newton, Harlow, and surely no surprise to anyone, the ever outspoken against the current Republican administration, Mayfield.
What’s Good For Charlotte
Regardless of why each Council Member voted for or against the RNC 2020 hosting in Charlotte should the city get the bid, one thing is clear, it’s about the bottom line, and that bottom line equates to a generous revenue stream for the city of Charlotte, and many local businesses and that’s good for all Charlotteans. While the potential for additional monies coming into the city by winning the bid for the city is certain, the counter will be the cost to secure the city, and ensure a safe environment during the event cycle, that will be accompanied by a very passionate Presidential Election year. But one may argue, that is the same expectation for any Presidential Convention.
That said, what’s good for the city of Charlotte in terms of increased revenue, may not necessarily be good for the North Carolina Democratic Party. That is to say, if you are one that believes the energy of a city’s Citizens, much like fans of a Ball Club, generates confidence and momentum that ultimately converts to a win.
Democrats need not worry about such a scenario however, if in fact they prepare their political platform and ensure there are an equal number of events generating an equal amount of energy during the 2020 Republican National Convention Presidential Election year. There is certainly plenty of time to prepare, so no excuses, just action is needed on their part.
The case or argument to decline this request by the RNC may have been challenging for some City Council Members, given the revenue for the city and the fact that the 2012 Democratic Convention was held in Charlotte during a time there was a critical opportunity to turn a historically red state blue.
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Image Credit: DaShawn Brown, WSOC9 (Council Members)