National convention

Milwaukee submits bid to host

Milwaukee officially offers to host the 2024 Republican National Convention. VISIT Milwaukee confirms to FOX6 that it has submitted its offer. The city confirmed in October that it was joining efforts to attract the RNC, with VISIT as the lead organization.

In a new letter to Republican Chair Ronna McDaniel, Mayor Barrett writes, “To reiterate what I expressed in person – Milwaukee is ready, eager and more than willing to host a world-class Republican event.”

The mayor praises the character of the city’s inhabitants: “hard-working, honest, respectful, inclusive and diverse. We care about our neighbors and welcome visitors. Our State is neither red nor blue; we reflect the nation. again, that Wisconsin will be important in determining the political future of our country.”

He says the city is familiar with the work of preparing for a national political convention. The Democratic National Committee chose the city to host the 2020 convention, beating out other finalists Miami and Houston. However, with the pandemic raging, most events have moved to virtual. Milwaukee still housed the convention’s technical infrastructure such as the broadcast operation. Some speakers spoke from the Wisconsin Center, while nominees Kamala Harris and Joe Biden accepted their nominations in Biden’s home state of Delaware.

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“The city will be especially well suited in 2024 with the new Wisconsin Center convention space just steps from the Fiserv Forum arena,” Barrett said in his letter to the RNC. “We invite you to select Milwaukee as the host of the 2024 Republican National Convention and enable our great city to present this globally significant event with the operational excellence and first-rate service that I guarantee.”

During a press conference at the DNC in 2020, Barrett left the door open for either the DNC or the RNC. “Four years from now, we’re definitely going to leave the light on for the Democrats, and if I can tell my friends without offending them, the Republicans too.”

Democrats also invited Milwaukee to bid for the 2024 convention. The letter the Democratic president sent to Milwaukee this summer and acquired by FOX6 News said it was a “first step” in what is a long bidding process. A DNC spokesperson said letters had been sent to more than 20 cities.

In an April interview with FOX6, DNC Chairman Jamie Harrison said he was open to picking Milwaukee again. “Given the circumstances of what happened in Wisconsin, we will definitely take that into consideration when making this decision,” Harrison said.

“I was part of the site visit team for the last convention cycle, so I had the good fortune to spend a lot of time in Milwaukee, looking at your facilities,” Harrison said in April. “I was heartbroken that we weren’t able to come and enjoy the great state of Wisconsin with all the Democrats across the country. We will be reviewing our convention site – location and all – in the coming months. We We haven’t made a decision yet. We’ll probably have a site convention tour team, again. Wisconsin, we understand the heartbreak of that, and will take that into account when we choose the site. of the 2024 convention.”

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At this point in the 2020 convention, FOX6 News asked Joe Solmonese, then-CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, if the city could get a rain check for a future convention. He said the conversation had already started.

“There’s an awful lot of people talking about Milwaukee in 2024,” Solmonese said. “If you ask me, should the Democratic convention be here, absolutely. It’s a different set of people who are going to make that decision. Different leadership, different president, different site selection committee.”

If Milwaukee lands one of the 2024 national political conventions, the city could house tens of thousands of people and an estimated economic impact of $200 million.