Seeking a city willing to allow a large-scale event amid the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans have tentatively settled on Jacksonville, Fla., as the new destination for the premier festivities of the Republican National Convention in August, according to three Republican officials briefed on the plans.
H/T: Washington Post
“Mayor Curry has been actively and energetically pursuing this convention, and the Republican Party of Duval County has been actively promoting Jacksonville as the single best city in America to host a convention,” said Dean Black, the Duval County Republican chairman.
'Shame on Him': RNC Chair's Message for Governor Roy Cooper as He Upends Convention https://t.co/cHT2aoe29z— Luana H. (@LuanaMacLac) June 10, 2020
NC Gov. Roy Cooper Blocks RNC Over Safety Concerns While Cheering on Riots That Disregard Social Distancing https://t.co/B6V5RvqSZX— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) June 2, 2020
Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena - Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
...then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
...millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August. Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020
...made by many thousands of enthusiastic Republicans, and others, to head to beautiful North Carolina in August. They must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied. If not, we will be reluctantly forced...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Trump campaign officials are in Jacksonville, Florida today, scouting a potential convention venue; however, residents of Jacksonville are increasingly pushing back, saying they do not want the convention held here.— Travis Akers (@travisakers) June 8, 2020
Will @lennycurry listen?
Statement from CLT Host Committee on RNC moving to Jacksonville: pic.twitter.com/rNoFPihzC6— Michael Stolp (@StolpWSOC9) June 10, 2020
SCOOPLET: Multiple RNC officials tell me this morning that Washington Post's story about hosting the convention in Jacksonville is "premature" — Phoenix, Dallas, Savannah, Nashville, Orlando still very much in the runninghttps://t.co/x40H9S7aof— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) June 10, 2020
NEW: Republican National Chair Ronna McDaniel said Wednesday that Jacksonville, Fla., is the front-runner for hosting the biggest night of the Republican convention, prompting blowback from some Charlotte leaders. https://t.co/hOGxuooJ0s— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) June 10, 2020
HOTELS SOLD OUT | Rumors of the RNC coming to Jax are seeming less and less like rumors. https://t.co/e3Er13NoSQ— News4JAX (@wjxt4) June 10, 2020
I will be withdrawing my bill to have the RNC in CLT. It appears that Gov Coopers mission was accomplished. He has now ruined all chances of having RNC in CLT and Jacksonville has been selected. A bill now would just be a waste of The People’s House time, energy, and resources.— John A. Torbett (@JohnTorbett) June 10, 2020
Here’s Mike Pence on Fox & Friends today threatening to move the RNC unless North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) moves quicker to reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic pic.twitter.com/DMU70HfIH1— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020