|GOP leaders pleased Charlotte named 2020 convention host|
|NC leaders pleased with meeting in Queen City|
|Published Friday, July 20, 2018 9:40 pm|
The Republican Party will nominate its next presidential candidate in Charlotte.
The national GOP voted Friday to put their 2020 nominating meeting in Charlotte, making the city one of 11 to host both the Democratic and Republican conventions.
North Carolina Republicans praised Charlotte – a city controlled by Democrats – for delivering the convention to the Tar Heel State. Charlotte Council voted 6-5 Monday to pursue contracts with the national GOP after more than three hours of high-pitched debate. Four Democrats and two Republicans voted in favor of the convention bid.
“Charlotte is the perfect city to host the 2020 Republican National Convention as I can think of no better place in the country for President Trump to officially accept the 2020 Republican nomination for President of the United States,” said U.S. Rep. Pittenger, whose district includes part of Charlotte. “This is going to be a huge win for our community. The convention will shine the national spotlight on our great city and generate millions of dollars in revenue for local businesses.”
Ada Fisher of Salisbury, a member of the GOP’s National Committee, said the convention will give the party an opportunity to expand its tent to voters who’ve moved closer to the Democratic orbit in recent electoral cycles, especially African Americans.
“Bringing the 2020 RNC Convention to North Carolina will help Republicans continue our outreach in diverse communities, particularly to the African American community,” said Fisher, who is black. “At 21.5 percent, North Carolina ranks as the eighth state in the nation in terms of highest percentage of its population that is African American. Under President Trump we have already seen national unemployment for African Americans drop to 6.8 percent this past December; lowest ever since the Dept. of Labor began tracking data in 1972. Raleigh and Charlotte rank fifth and sixth respectively as cities in the U.S. in which African Americans are doing the best economically.
“The convention coming to Charlotte is a historic opportunity to demonstrate how Republican public policies are delivering results to people of color and others joining in this grand opportunity party.”
One of the arguments for hosting the RNC – economic development – will pay benefits, said John Lassiter, president and CEO of the local organizing. The convention is expected to pump at least $100 million into the local economy.
“Hosting the 2020 RNC will generate tremendous economic impact and global exposure that will benefit our region for years to come,” said Lassiter, committee a former City Council and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board member. “We look forward to putting on an event that showcases our great city, creates opportunities for our residents and engages our entire community.”
Despite the contentious debate over the Charlotte bid in which constituents packed the Government Center meeting chamber to lobby against the convention – primarily in opposition to President Donald Trump and party policy on a state and national level – U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis was conciliatory.
“I congratulate Charlotte on being selected to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, a follow-up to the resoundingly successful 2012 Democratic National Convention,” he said in a statement. “This event will bring significant economic stimulus to the region and will be another great opportunity to showcase Charlotte on the world stage. I applaud Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, the Charlotte City Council, and the city's business and civic leaders for their leadership in pursuing this economic opportunity for our great city.”
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