(NewsReady.com) – For weeks, there’s been chatter that Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC) wasn’t going to allow the Republican National Committee (RNC) to fill all of the seats at their convention this summer. President Donald Trump was furious and other states were vying for the chance to host the event. Now, Cooper has made it official.
On June 2, Cooper issued a statement responding to a letter from RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. The governor said he’s unable to guarantee a “full convention” because of health concerns related to COVID-19. In response, President Trump said the GOP will officially look for a new city to host the convention in August.
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
McDaniel also released a statement confirming she’s looking for a new host.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 2, 2020
Later in the evening, the RNC chairwoman also said Cooper has still not given the committee any specifics about what a “scaled-down” convention would look like.
What’s unfortunate is that you still have yet to give guidance on what “scaled down” means. Currently, you allow 10 people to gather indoors. Is that what scaled down means? Or is it 100 people? 1,000 people? Total lack of clarity from you. https://t.co/4ceHrGRGu3
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 3, 2020
It’s unfortunate that Cooper’s choosing to go this route. A convention of this size would likely bring millions in economic stimulus to Charlotte, NC, at a time when small businesses could desperately use the money. Instead, the governor has chosen to play games and his residents will be worse off because of it.
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