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Move the RNC to Charlotte? Not going to happen, officials say



With Tropical Storm Isaac gaining strength and everyone talking about contingency plans, this unusual notion was knocking around Wednesday: If necessary, why not move the Republican National Convention to Charlotte, N.C., where they’re getting ready for a convention of their own?

The Charlotte Business Journal wrote Tuesday that it had recently explored the notion with the top Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department official working on DNC security plans. The Journal said it asked whether Charlotte was the RNC’s backup site in case of a hurricane. “Here’s what I can tell you,” Deputy Chief Harold Medlock said, according to the Journal. “If we had to hold the Democratic National Convention on Monday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and our partners would be ready to do that.”

On Wednesday, others knocked the idea down.

“That is false,” convention spokesman James Davis said. “We’re looking forward to having our convention in Tampa starting on the 27th.”

 “I don’t see how that could be a possibility since we would have no hotel rooms or no venues available or ready for a convention at that time,” said Carol L. Jennings, the city of Charlotte’s liaison to the DNC.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn just laughed.

“I have not heard that,” Buckhorn said. “It’s all good. We’re going to have a good event.”

And when our counterparts at the Charlotte Observer ran the rumor by highly placed city and security officials there, they used the same word: "Insane."


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 6:04pm]


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