Monday, November 30, 2015

Philly To Bid For 2012 Democratic Convention?

PLEASE NOTE: This story has been updated

Philly To Bid For 2012 Democratic Convention?


PLEASE NOTE: This story has been updated

Is Philly ready for another national political clam bake?

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said today that he expects Philadelphia will be one of the cities competing for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Brady said he had spoken with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and Philly will be asked to submit a proposal to host the event.

“He told me that he was glad to hear that we were interested,” Brady said. “We’re going to try. They’re going to send us an (Request for Proposals). We’re going to put our minds together.”

But Mayor Nutter said that a city bid is not a sure thing yet, noting that a convention is an expensive event.

"We'll take a look at the materials from the DNC. Obviously it would be a lot easier if the DNC would guarantee that it would not cost the city a dime," Nutter said. "We still have a city to run."

Brady said he met with Mayor Nutter and Comcast executive David L. Cohen about a month ago to talk about bidding for the event. He said he expected the city to now put a group together to work on the bid.

“It’s the best city in the world,” Brady said.

Philadelphia hosted the Republican National Convention in 2000.

*This post and headline have been updated to reflect Mayor Nutter's remarks that a bid is not definite.

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