This morning, it was revealed that Orlando, the City Beautiful was one of 15 cities asked to “submit a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention (the News 13 story by way of CNN can be found HERE).
The economic benefits to the region alone, should be enough to get every lawmaker, regardless of what side of the aisle they fall on, to pick-up the phone and try to make this happen.
Other cities under consideration include Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.
Those are all fine cities, but Orlando is the best place to host this convention and I’ll explain why.
A Long Serving, Democratic Leader and Ambassador to the city: Mayor Buddy Dyer doesn’t sleep when his city is in the national spotlight. He also has a great relationship with President Barack Obama.
The Finest Venues in America: We’ve got the best Convention Center in the country, surrounded by the most visited area in the history of human civilization. We’ve got a State of the Art Amway Center, which has already hosted national events. There is also a new MLS Soccer Stadium, and a renovated Citrus Bowl that hosts 3 Bowl Games a year.
The I4 Corridor: Is still one of the most important political regions of the world. Orlando is in Orange County and flanked by Oseceola county (both blue) which provide a friendly pocket of support in a State that is very much in play for 2016. It’s also home to a big donor who’s hosted the President a few times in the past. Looking at you John Morgan.
The Other Cities aren’t as desirable of a destination: “Welcome to Cleveland!” ..yeah okay. New York and Penn will still be blue. Las Vegas? Not unless what you want to happen there, to stay there. Phoenix and Salt Lake? Are you kidding? The home states of the two previous GOP nominees. Nashville? How many Country musicians vote Democrat? And our friends down south in Miami? *whispers* That’s where Marco Rubio is from. You don’t want to have it there. Do you?.
It only took me 10 minutes to write this and it’s a pretty good case.
Orlando should host the DNC. It should host the RNC when we’re eligible again in a few years. It should host everything.
Because we host everyone. Citizens from all over the planet and they have a wonderful time. It’s what we do.