Low-Budget Denver Loses 2016 RNC Bid

It was not meant to be.

It was not meant to be.

​That's the word from Brandon Rittiman at 9NEWS today:

Denver is out of the running to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Cleveland and Dallas are the two finalist cities.

"While we're thrilled to have made it this far, we are disappointed with today's decision," said Pete Coors, chairman of Denver's bid. "Denver has the amenities, the community, the political climate and a proven track record that would have made it the perfect place to host the 2016 Republican National Convention."

It's a bipartisan shame, as the Republican National Convention could have been expected to deliver a similar boost to the local economy as the Democratic National Convention did in 2008. Ironically, the lack of taxpayer dollars to help pay for the convention in TABOR-shackled Colorado might have hurt our bid for the RNC:

Sources close to the negotiations told 9NEWS Denver struggled to match the fundraising effort of Dallas, which has public funds available for attracting conventions. [Pols emphasis]

Organizers of the Denver bid pledged early on to mount their effort with only private money.

You'd think that an all-privately funded convention would be exactly what small-government conservative Republicans want, wouldn't you? We can't help but imagine local organizers thought so.

Apparently, that was naïve of them.

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  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Best news I have read all day.
    The cost to the taxpayers would have been a lot.
    No thanks.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    The real Republican way always involves OPM . . . 

    . . . damn.  I was so looking forward to the money I would have made from renting my bungalow to Mitt and Ann !

  3. Ralphie says:

    Democratic Governor, Black Democratic Mayor? Legal pot and civil unions?  Money had nothing to do with it.  Not bagger enough.

    • Republican 36 says:


      Colorado – Purple state – 9 electoral votes

      Ohio – Swing state – 20 electoral votes.

      • dustpuppydustpuppy says:

        Swing? Not anymore. Not after what Kasich and Portman has done to Ohio.

        They'll be out in a short order, and the 20 EV's will go to the Democratic Party. Permanently.



    • Urban Snowshoer says:

      We may never know for sure the exact reasons for declining Denver as a host city but legalized pot could have been a factor–the majority of the Republican Party opposes legalization.

      • Nasty Womanyameniye says:

        I really doubt that had anything to do with it.  I think they would have really enjoyed getting stoned legally.  The old purity laws to close the Sid King down, leaving no strippers and booze together probably had more effect. 

        • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

          It may have had an effect ..in reverse.

          When I was much younger, my previous wife and I did a couple of seasons cleaning for a living in Breckenridge. Almost without exception, the messiest, most drunken, and out of control groups were the church groups from, what are now, bright red states. When the fetters of repression are removed, the most repressed tend to respond most aggressively…I think that is fair to say. It certainly was our observation.

          Maybe the Republican Party leadership just know their base too well…laugh

  4. CaninesCanines says:

    Maybe we should have highlighted the availability of quality microbrew beer EVEN MORE. Well, let them drink Lone Star.

  5. FrankUnderwood says:


  6. gertie97 says:

    The goobers love public-private partnerships. You know, private profit at public expense.

  7. dustpuppydustpuppy says:

    Nice news to come home from a long day at the court…

    I didn't want the stench to come in and make me hide for two weeks.

    It'll end up being in Dallas, where no-one cares except Moddy, Fladen, and maybe Head Banger..

    • Urban Snowshoer says:

      If the Republcian National Convention is in Dallas, the Republican Party will basically talking to themselves instead of attempting to increase their political market-share (so to speak).



  8. dustpuppydustpuppy says:

    Also, there *WILL* be a time when no major cities will want the RNC anywhere, except Bumfuck, Idaho, or Northern Marinana Islands.



    • Urban Snowshoer says:

      It depends on how you define "major city." If you define "major city"  as a city with a population of 1/2 million in the city proper, I can't think of too many that the GOP has a snowballs chance in hell of winning. Major cities don't via for an RNC convention  because they agree with them–most major cities are solidly Democratic–they vie for it because of the economic and publicity benefits.

  9. HarleyHarley says:

    Dallas?  Do I remember right in that Dallas voted (mostly) for Democrats in the last General Election?

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