NYC is a two time loser now! After the Republican party decided to have its 2008 convention in the Twin Cities, the city hoped to win the Democratic convention. But now the Democratic National Committee has announced the 2008 convention will be in Denver. Here's DNC Chairman Howard Dean's statement:
The recent Democratic gains in the West exemplify the principle that when we show up and ask for people's votes and talk about what we stand for, we can win in any part of the country. We have a number of strong Democratic leaders in the West who will be a part of showcasing the vision of Democratic leadership for America as we introduce the next Democratic President in the Rocky Mountains.
Recently, NYC had been downplaying our chances of landing the convention, given some fundraising concerns, though Denver's problems seemed bigger (hotel room availability, money, do Democrats really want to go Denver). We guess wooing the Democrats with hansom cab rides through Central Park, dinner at the Top of the Rock, and dinner at Mayor Bloomberg's home fell short, too.
So, are you relieved or disappointed that the Democrats won't be convening in 2008? Or is it a little of both?
Photograph from a 2004 Republican Convention protest by Bluejake