When it comes to the notion of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention, Democrats and Republicans in Charlotte agree on three points:
It would be nice to have. It’d be a lot of work. And it’s getting late if anybody wants to lay the groundwork for a serious bid.
“That’s been the talk since the DNC was here,” Mayor Patsy Kinsey said Thursday. “We did such a good job with that, why shouldn’t we want to host the Republican convention?”
But nobody’s taken the lead and started organizing the way the late Susan Burgess did back in 2009, when she arranged a meeting with newly elected Mayor Anthony Foxx and others to talk about hosting the 2012 Democratic convention.
“I’ve heard talk,” said former Mecklenburg County Republican Party Chairman Lee Teague. “But it’s been more like chatter than, ‘Let’s do this.’ ”
Tom Murray, head of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, said the Republican National Committee hasn’t yet put out a request for proposals that would let cities know exactly what the party wants in its 2016 host. -NewsObserver.com