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Pittsburgh is not showing up to host the 2024 Republican National Convention

Pittsburgh is not in the running to host the 2024 Republican National Convention, Politico reported.

The outlet reported from Salt Lake City — where the Republican National Committee currently meets — that RNC members are expected to visit other cities being considered for the political convention, but not Pittsburgh. In addition to Salt Lake City, other cities include Milwaukee and Nashville.

Allegheny County Republican Chairman Sam DeMarco, a North Fayette County Councilman, said he was disappointed to learn that Pittsburgh is no longer being considered and will miss out on the potential economic benefits of hosting a convention.

“Obviously I’m disappointed, because I had been optimistic about the impact of the $200 million spent on our region in 2024,” DeMarco said. “I understand the fierce competition we faced.”

DeMarco said the other cities still in the running have hosted large-scale political conventions in the past, unlike Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, a Democrat, originally signed a letter of support to bring the Republican National Convention to Pittsburgh, but backtracked a bit and said his initial support was only a “matter of procedure”. In a statement, Gainey said he was concerned about the RNC’s potential impact on safety and covid-19 mitigation.

“We’re one of the friendliest cities in America and I can’t wait to share our home with the world,” Gainey said. “As we seek out future upcoming events in Pittsburgh, I am committed to ensuring that the benefits are shared equitably with our local and diverse small businesses and that these events reflect and embody the values ​​of Pittsburgh.”

Allegheny County Councilman Bethany Hallam, D-North Side, said she’s thrilled Pittsburgh is out of the race. She said she thought political conventions, both Republican and Democratic, would be too controversial.

“How is this actually going to benefit Pittsburgh? How does this benefit people who have to travel alongside protests and counter-protests. I don’t believe the money would help the people who live and work here.

DeMarco said Pittsburgh’s hospitality and service industry would benefit from the economic stimulus.

He slammed local Democratic officials who opposed the bid, arguing that local leaders ‘need to get past this partisan thing and present a vision that encompasses what’s best for the region and not just our parties. policies”.

Ryan Deto is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Ryan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .