CHARLOTTE – It seems the party elders in North Carolina are making their pitch to have Charlotte host the 2020 Republican National Convention. The city last held political convention in 2012 for the Democrats, perhaps a better match for the Queen City that sparked the national transgender bathroom controversies a couple years ago.
“Republican National Committee Co-Chairman Bob Paduchik is in Charlotte discussing, among other things, the city’s bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.
The visit to the Queen City comes after Paduchik took a series of meetings with party leaders in Raleigh on Monday and Tuesday.
A source with knowledge of Paduchik’s schedule said he and North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes flew to Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon.
The source, who asked not to be named to discuss internal party matters, said Paduchik and Hayes were visiting Charlotte to hold several meetings, including some connected to the RNC bid and how to have a successful convention.
As then-chairman of the Ohio GOP in 2016, Paduchik helped lead the effort to hose that year’s Republican National Convention.
Earlier in the day, Paduchik held a roundtable discussion with local county Republican leaders from across the state. Multiple sources tell WBTV Paduchik praised the city’s RNC bid during the meeting and said it was very competitive.”
While city leaders would love the economic boost and publicity that can accompany such conventions, the Democrat stronghold may have a built in source of Leftists protesters that will try to soak up the limelight as well.
The criteria for evaluating the competitive bids among cities is not public, but one wonders if the political makeup of the area will play into the decision.
To that end, while the city of Charlotte may be a progressive hot spot, North Carolina as a host state may be a good look for the RNC. We have Republican super-majorities in the legislature, years of successful and economically invigorating tax and regulatory reforms, and the Old North State served as a pivotal state in Trump’s 2016 election.