Howard Dean told reporters on Wednesday his next priority is choosing the host city for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The decision was sidelined in the last weeks of racing to the November 7th election finish. The DNC is negotiating with New York and Denver. According to a Denver Post article I missed Thursday, Dean is hoping to make the decision in early December.
The party chairman noted that Democrats “had a great night in Colorado” and expressed his happiness over the party’s Western wins Tuesday.
“I’m very pleased with what we did in the West,” Dean said.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who won re-election Tuesday and was in Washington on Wednesday, said he favors holding the convention in Denver because it would signal to Western states that Democrats recognize the region is “a bastion and a beacon of the Democratic Party.”
Mike Stratton, a Denver Democratic Party strategist and adviser to Richardson, said Democrat Bill Ritter’s win in the Colorado governor’s race was an important plus for Denver in its bid for the convention.
This post may turn irrational or emotional – since I live 5 blocks from the Denver City border. About a 15 minute drive to the Convention Center. I do think there are three strikes against NYC:
-The Republicans were just there in ’04.
– It’s very expensive. Liberals are NOT wealthy.
– The Democrats need to counter the bicoastal, elite image the GOP has smeared on it.
There are good reasons to choose Denver.
-The center of the ’06 mountain and midwest wave of red to blue, we increased control of the state house and added the Governor’s seat.
– A beautiful site on the plains with the Rocky Mountains in full majestic view. The Platte River Trail, near the Convention Center, is the local place to walk.
– John Hickenlooper is a very successful and popular Democratic mayor.
-There’s lots of golf courses, microbrewerys (including the mayor’s) and Cabellas is opening a new store in nearby Golden this spring. 😉
–The Denver Post political cartoonist, Mike Keefe would do his sterling work.
-I would be thrilled to host as many Dem Daily visitors as can fit in my little house.
-Denver is the birthplace of a very special person, who will be celebrating his birthday soon. 8)
According to Stratton, we just need to find the money to host it. Wasn’t this sort of gig why we built the Convention Center? One more thing, Dr. Dean, please remember to schedule it later in the summer than the ’04 convention was.