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June 21, 2018 11:44 AM UTC

No Mile High DNC in 2020 After All

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Denver7’s Blair Miller reports:

Though the city had reportedly been one of the finalists to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the group that submitted the bid for Denver has withdrawn from consideration because of a scheduling conflict.

Amber Miller, a spokesperson for the Denver mayor’s office, confirmed the bid had been withdrawn and said the convention center and Visit Denver had “events set in stone which could not be moved.” She could not point directly to which events were scheduled that couldn’t be moved…

Miller said the Democratic National Committee approached the mayor’s office to ask if the city would be interested in bidding for the 2020 convention after hosting it in 2008, which the city said was a success. She said the DNC said its dates for the convention were negotiable when they approached the mayor’s office.

It was reported yesterday that Denver was on a short list of potential cities to be awarded the Democratic National Convention in 2020, but this new announcement would seem to put the matter to rest. Local Democrats were excited about the possibility of another convention so soon after the 2008 DNC in Denver, but we can think of plenty of reasons why the Democrats would choose another–not least the fact that the state has only become bluer in the intervening decade.

Just the same, we’ll be curious to learn what was important enough to bump an event on the order of the DNC.

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11 thoughts on “No Mile High DNC in 2020 After All

    1. Still have a reading comprehension problem, eh Nutlid?  We turned them down. 

      We have the best economy in the nation, so that means the DNC can choose a blighted city in a red state that needs the economic boost after suffering the moronic GOP reverse-Robin Hood policies.

  1. The Denver Post has a little more info:

    Scharf wouldn’t reveal specifics — citing a concern that publicity would damage business relationships — but he noted they included a Fortune 15 company, a Fortune 200 company and a group that “controls hundreds of millions of dollars of business travel.”

    The article goes further to say that when Denver initially submitted the bid, they were expecting the DNC date to be in August.  June/July are the busiest months for Denver conventions.  We don't have Vegas-class hotel rooms yet. sad

    (my wife is hosting a sold out conference next month in Denver and is scrambling to get all the rooms she needs despite extensive pre-planning)

    1. Maybe everyone just assumed based on history:

      By selecting the July week, the Democratic National Committee is also opting to hold their convention more than a week before the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which begins on July 24. Conventions and Summer Olympics are always on the same schedule, but past Democratic committees, like those in 2008 and 2012, have opted to go after the international sporting event, not before.

      I saw the announcement only last week that they were moving up the date to mid-July

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