Atlanta Could Host 2016 Democratic Convention

April 22, 2014 14:36 pm

by Ed · 12 comments

Obama’s successor could be nominated in Atlanta.

CNN reports that Atlanta is one of 15 cities the DNC asked to submit formal bids to host the 2016 convention.

According to CNN, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz outlined what the DNC is looking for in a host.

“While many of the requirements are specific to the various logistical and administrative goals of putting on the Democratic National Convention, we do seek a city that shares our values of equality, inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity,” said Wasserman Schultz, who also serves as a congresswoman from Florida. “And because of the significant security and construction related issues that we will face, we also look for a city with strong relationships with organized labor and those they represent. Our priority is to work with a community that will partner with us as we plan this historic event.”

Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City are the other cities asked to bid.

Atlanta hosted the 1988 convention.


Joe Pettit April 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

One big plus for Atlanta, which is a negative for the DNC, is our lack of history with organized labor unions. Atlanta is awesome at hosting big events, but if they want union labor, I will happily see them choose another city.

Jon Richards April 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Joe, I believe you can find plenty of union labor down at the World Congress Center or Georgia Dome. Sure, it’s not going to be as restrictive as what you would find in Vegas or NYC, and it’s not closed shop, but unions are here.

Mrs. Adam Kornstein April 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Joe, this is largely the same criticism about Charlotte, “right to work” few if any Union hotels and second biggest criticism was Charlotte has almost no LBGT protections or a welcoming LBGT political community. That’s of course much different in Atlanta, we have a 100% HRC municipal score and a very active political community friendly to the LBGT delegates and their allies.

George Chidi April 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm

The conventional wisdom (see what I did there …) is that a party convention can push a state a couple of points in the right direction on Election Day. But as often as not, it’s held to reward a favored political figure.

I see the math. Colorado was identified as a purple state and targeted for the “Greek columns” Obama convention in 2008. Star power and extra time for every Democratic activist with the power to travel to work the Denver public ahead of the election.

Georgia was only a +7 Romney state in 2012 — second-closest in the country after North Carolina (note the 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte.) Aside from flipping Georgia in the presidential race, Isakson’s seat is up for election in 2016. If Nunn puts up a fair fight this round, win or lose, that seat’s going to look pretty juicy and national Democrats will want to attack it.

Reed will claim credit if it happens. We know what happens after that.

John Konop April 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Can we put the politics aside and celebrate the good news for business….Big events like this is great news for metro Atlanta…….Reed is doing a good job promoting the city…..We have a lot to offer with football, MLS, aquarium, great restaurants, FOX……..

John Vestal April 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Two of those (Cleveland, Las Vegas) are still on the RNC’s convention host list, which has been pared down to six (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.)

Three Jack April 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Rob Lowe has already reserved a room and camera.

John Vestal April 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

….and a salon appointment in Woodstock. :>)

Will Durant April 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

He’s a lot more mature now, and hopefully the girls will be as well.

Jane April 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

A lot depends on who the likely nominee is. Ideally you do not want to create a home or regional advantage. That said, hold it in Detroit, put GM and the government unions in the front row.

saltycracker April 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm
Harry April 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm

A fine upstanding city like Atlanta doesn’t need all the bad publicity associated with the Democratic convention.

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