2012 GOP convention in Tampa?
TAMPA — Twice Tampa has been rejected by the GOP in its search for a city to host the Republican National Convention. But the party still wants to know if local leaders want to bid for the event in 2012.
National party chairman Michael Steele sent a letter to Mayor Pam Iorio at the end of August inviting Tampa to make a pitch.
"Hosting a national convention is a major undertaking that requires a substantial amount of planning and a significant financial commitment," Steele wrote. "We hope you will be able to submit an official bid and place your city under consideration."