RNC Settles on Jacksonville for New Convention Site: Report

Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., Feb. 28, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

The Republican National Committee is targeting a new venue for its August Congress and has tentatively decided to host major events in Jacksonville, Florida, sources said. Washington Post.

RNC chairman Ronna McDaniel said on Tuesday that there is likely to be a decision “within a week” as to where the convention will take place, which is scheduled to run from August 24 to August 27.

“Everyone is coming to the table,” McDaniel said in a performance on Fox News. “We have all kinds of states – Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee – who have come and said we want to host your convention. We have been traveling. We will probably have to make a decision in the next week on where to celebrate this party. “

In a statement, RNC spokesperson told Steve Guest National Review that “different cities are still being considered”.

“No final decision has been made,” said Guest in an email. “Congressional officials are touring Phoenix, Savannah, Dallas, and Jacksonville this week, and we’ve had conversations with several other potential locations.”

The RNC withdrew from its original location, Charlotte, NC last week, after Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to keeping the convention running at full speed due to concerns about the corona virus.

“Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place mode and will not allow us to occupy the arena as originally expected and promised,” President Trump tweeted. “Would have shown beautiful North Carolina to the world and generated hundreds of millions of dollars and jobs for the state.”

Cooper, a Democrat, replied saying it was “unfortunate that they never agreed to downsize and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority.”

The Post quoted two officials who said that Charlotte would still hold the convention’s more routine and unobtrusive meetings to honor the contract, with the larger events – including a speech by President Trump – in Jacksonville.

“Mayor Curry has actively and energetically pursued this convention and the Duval County Republican Party has actively promoted Jacksonville as the single best city in America to host a convention,” Dean Black, Republican president of Duval County, told the Post.

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