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GOP convention site selection committee visits Phoenix

by: Matt

Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 06:00:00 AM EDT

With health care behind us, lets catch up on some 2012 Republican convention news:

  • The GOP site selection committee was in Phoenix this week:
After a 24-hour tour of the city, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he was impressed with the region’s growth, amenities and cleanliness –– positioning Phoenix for a run at its first presidential convention, despite being the birthplace of the modern conservative movement.
Steele said the Phoenix delegation brought its “A” game and did a wonderful job of laying out venues, the transportation system and hospitality features, as it tries to shed its Wild West image.
Addressing a question about the heat, considering the event will occur in August, Steele said, “Wherever you go in the summer, there’s going to be issues related to the heat. The goal is to be in a place to have a good time. We want this to be the people’s convention.”
Earlier in the day, RNC members toured US Airways Center, the potential site for the convention; the Phoenix Convention Center, which would house administrative offices; and the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel and J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.
  •  As for the heat, Oreo was also in Phoenix this week and emails:
Seriously... I'm in phoenix in March and its in the 80s. There's no way they'd hold the convention here in august. They'd be crazy... Oh... Wait... This is the GOP we're talking about.
  • The GOP site selection committee is visiting Tampa starting tomorrow, and tourist officials are looking for local support:

"A key to our success is showing the Site Selection Committee the hospitality that the Tampa Bay area is known for.  When they arrive, we want to give them a welcome that they’ll never forget," Tampa Bay & Co., president Paul Catoe wrote today in a news release."We want them to know that our community stands prepared to welcome the 2012 Republican National Convention with open arms."

Here's the schedule: On Monday, stops include the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Convention Center, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Channelside entertainment complex and Columbia Restaurant. On Tuesday, they'll visit Tropicana Field and the Don Cesar. There's also a rally being held at 10:30 AM tomorrow to support the convention bid.

After Tampa, the site selection committee heads to Salt Lake.

  • Also next Friday, Obama will be in Charlotte, and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx wants to bring up the 2012 Democratic convention:
Foxx also seemed ready to make a pitch for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, an event local tourism leaders are eager to land.

"We'll all treat it like an early interview," Foxx said. -Charlotte Business Journal

Still a cone of silence around the DNC on anything to do with the Democratic convention.
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Gotta Love Oreo! (4.00 / 1)
Loved your comment about the August heat!

I was in Atlanta for the '88 convention (0.00 / 0)
and it was worse than miserable. But Tampa's not going to be any better than Phoenix, and then there's the hurricane thing with Tampa.  

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SLC (0.00 / 0)
I think SLC has the biggest hurdle and it's not weather related. If Romney is even in the running to be the nominee, having it in the heart of Mormon country will be a disaster (not that that's a bad thing).

[ Parent ]
Stats (0.00 / 0)
Average high/low temperature for the Atlanta airport on Aug 27: 87/69

Average high/low temperature for the Tampa airport on Aug 27: 90/76

Average high/low temperature for the Phoenix airport on Aug 27: 103/80

That's a 16 degree difference between the average high temperatures for Atlanta and Phoenix! And an average low of 80 kind of belies the whole "the deserts get cool at night" thing.

But (0.00 / 0)
As an Old White Dude party, 103 degrees in the dry desert is much better than 90 degrees in the Florida Humidity.

[ Parent ]
Dry Heat is still heat (0.00 / 0)
I was in Northern Arizona on a case in early September about 15 years ago.  It may have been dry heat, but it was still unbearably hot to walk a block or two outside.  If the Republicans go with Phoenix, the big story out of the convention may be delegates keeling over from the heat.

Protesters more than delegates (0.00 / 0)
It's the protesters and other hangers-on who usually have to spend a fair amount of time outside. Particularly if a bunch of Tea Partiers show up, there could be a lot of heat exhaustion.

[ Parent ]
you know i have heard the old saw (0.00 / 0)
about dry heat being better than humid heat. i went to arizona and new mexico in june and july of 1995 it was in the hundreds and windy and it felt like being in a blast furnace, my skin burned, never had that in my muggy southland, give 98 and 98% humidity over 105 and no humidity! i would rather sweat than burn!




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