Nashville no longer interested in hosting 2020 Republican National Convention

Nashville has dropped the idea of hosting the Republican National Convention, reports Michael Collins, following up on an article in The Hill listing Tennesse’s capitol city among several others around the nation doing the same. Apparently, the cost of providing security  is a leading concern.

From Collins’ report, as appearing in The Tennessean:

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. confirmed Friday it has notified the Republican National Committee that it will not be submitting a bid to host the GOP gathering.

“After extensive review of the RFP — due to available dates and necessary space — our office notified the RNC in February of this year that we unfortunately would not be submitting a bid,” said Butch Spyridon, president and chief executive officer of the Nashville convention and visitors group.

Just last fall, state GOP leaders hoping to land the 2020 convention were openly courting the RNC at its summer gathering at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Republicans from across the country who descended on the hotel in August were given gift bags filled with Sun Drop, Goo Goo Clusters, Moon Pies and Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book. They also were treated to a cruise on the General Jackson on the Cumberland River and a reception at the County Music Hall of Fame.

A site has not yet been chosen for the 2020 convention, in which Republicans will officially nominate their candidates for president and vice president.

From The Hill article, which suggests controversy surrounding President Trump may be a consideration in some cities though none are publicly saying so:

“Most of the cities that have turned down the RNC are Democratic cities,” said Evan Siegfried, a New York-based Republican strategist.

“Their leaders do not want to suffer blowback with their residents for hosting Trump and neither do they want to have local business owners angry because protestors smashed their store windows.”

Any convention attracts protestors, but the interest and passion stirred up in the Trump era, breathlessly covered by cable news networks, is expected to attract throngs of presidential critics to a host city in 2020.

…Only three cities are even in the running to host the GOP in 2020 — and only one, Charlotte, N.C., is public and open about its interest.

Charlotte’s Democratic mayor, Vi Lyles, has met with Republican National Committee (RNC) officials and is working with North Carolina Republicans to woo the party to the city, which hosted President Obama’s re-nomination in 2012.

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