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Can Las Vegas convince the GOP to ignore the Strip?

by: Matt

Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 21:51:49 PM EST

The NY Times jumps into the convention race:

“Vegas has pitched us earlier and more aggressively than any city since I’ve been on the committee,” said Henry Barbour of Mississippi, who has been a committee member since 2005, as he recounted daily calls, emails and face-to-face conversations with the team that calls itself LV2016.
“There’s sin everywhere — we all know that,” the city’s mayor, Carolyn Goodman, a Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-independent, said as she sat in her vast corner office. “The thing is, we are in close proximity to top five-star dining, top shopping. And the most important thing: the weather.”
“That is one thing Las Vegas can guarantee: There will be no hurricanes,” said Brian K. Krolicki, the Republican lieutenant governor of Nevada, a reference to when Hurricane Isaac forced a schedule change during the Republican convention in 2012, held in Tampa, Fla.
Even Republicans who argue that Las Vegas has moved beyond that say they are worried about the prospect of mocking news coverage of Republicans frolicking on the Strip.

“It screams opportunity for YouTubes of your average convention-goer who does something stupid and makes it look like all these Republicans are in Vegas and they are all raising hell,” said Mr. Barbour, who nevertheless described himself as very open to having the convention there.

Matt :: Can Las Vegas convince the GOP to ignore the Strip?

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