DNC Takes One Last Look at Philly

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is visiting Philadelphia today, part of a trip to give a last look to the three finalists to host the party’s 2016 presidential nominating commission. Mayor Nutter and former Gov. Ed Rendell were expected to host her team.

“Nutter was expected to help lead a tour of the city’s convention venues and historical highlights, such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, to remind DNC officials why Philadelphia is the best choice in terms of logistics, hotel rooms, security and convention space, according to the person familiar with the plans,” AP reported.

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DNC Decision on 2016 Convention Expected Soon

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Democrats will soon decide where to hold their 2016 presidential nominating convention, the Associated Press reports. It’s a $65 million undertaking, and party leaders say the decision will come down to “finances, transportation, security and available hotel rooms.”

AP assesses Philly’s bid thusly:

PROS: A highly walkable and historic city, Philadelphia has been the home to a variety of large events and played host to the Republican National Convention in 2000. The Vatican chose Philadelphia as the site for the World Meeting of Families, which Pope Francis will attend in September. Philadelphia has a booming millennial population, a demographic that Democrats want to capture in next year’s election. Clinton also has ties to Pennsylvania — her father was born in Scranton and she has longtime allies in the state such as former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, an ex-chairman of the DNC. Democrats have carried Pennsylvania in every presidential election since 1992 but Republicans hope for a breakthrough there.

CONS: Though the main political gathering would take place at the Wells Fargo Center sports arena, some smaller events would be held at a downtown convention center involved in a major dispute with the carpenters union. During the Republican convention in 2000, police were criticized for their heavy-handed dealings with protesters.

The New York Post, incidentally, is poor-mouthing Brooklyn’s chances, saying the city is too troubled under Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve as a showcase for Democrats.  Plus, the paper adds, New York fund-raising for the convention has been abysmally slow.

Both NYC and Columbus have made videos backing their bids:

A final decision is expected in late January or early February.

DNC Releases Christie Attack Ad

Ostensibly, this attack ad from the Democratic National Committee is being run ahead of Chris Christie’s “State of the State” address tonight in New Jersey — but c’mon, let’s call it what it is: One of the first ads of the 2016 presidential campaign! (And yes, it features footage of Christie hugging Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.)

In fact, this ad might be aimed at Republican primary voters. How many Fox News personalities do you count making an appearance?

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Philly Expected to Survive DNC Cutdown This Week

Theov. Pennsylvania delegation was in the middle of action at the 20000 Democratci National Convention.

The Pennsylvania delegation was in the middle of action at the 20000 Democratic National Convention.

Philadelphia expects to be one of three finalists to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the Morning Call reports this morning. The other two remaining competitors? New York City — you know, the place with the bedbugs — and Columbus, Ohio.

That news emerged from a Monday meeting where Philly officials attempted to raise $5 million from 25 Democratic donors as proof the city can raise the $100 million needed to stage the convention.
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Ed Rendell Is Using Bedbugs to Fight Brooklyn’s DNC Bid

Well, we owe Ed Rendell an apology.

When Rendell went public earlier this month with his opinion that Brooklyn had the advantage over Philly to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, we teasingly suggested he was aiming to be mayor of New York someday. Turns out Rendell was doing classic Rendell — singling out the biggest bully in the schoolyard for the takedown.

And it’s kind of awesome. The New York Post reports Rendell has been sending DNC committee members negative articles about New York:
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Here’s Why Philly Businesses Will Gladly Pay Millions for the Pope and DNC

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Fact: If the Democratic National Committee decides to hold its 2016 convention in Philadelphia the cost could range anywhere from $50-$75 million dollars. While the federal government would pick up most of this cost, as much as $10 million could fall on our local government (at least, that’s what New York’s mayor predicts if the convention came to his town).

Fact: When the pope visits Philadelphia in 2015 as part of the World Meeting of Families the estimated cost could be another $13 million, (the city of Milan paid 10 million euros when it hosted the event in 2012).

Fact: $10 million plus $13 million means the city could be on the hook for up to $23 million in additional expenses for these two events. Maybe even more.

Fact: It’s likely that Philadelphia’s business community will step up and raise the money to pay this bill so that taxpayers are not out of pocket. “We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Comcast’s David Cohen recently said in a radio interview. “And I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”

Great!  The city needs $23 million, and the business community will likely step up.

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Cohen Says City Leaders Will Open Checkbooks for Pope, DNC

David-Cohen

Wondering where Philly will get the money to pay for a visit from Pope Francis and to host the Democratic National Convention? David Cohen, vice president of Comcast, isn’t worried at all.

“We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Cohen told KYW Newsradio, “and I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”

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