Wednesday, June 14, 2006

New Orleans site visit not scheduled

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New Orleans is the only one of the four cities vying to host the 2008 Democratic Convention that has not has its site visit scheduled:

Right now the [New Orleans] committee is working on answering additional questions raised by its first bid, submitted in May, according to Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. No visit has been scheduled.
Between the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the mayoral election occuring a day after bids were due, it's not suprising that New Orleans is running a little late in their bid process. Democracy in Action reports that New Orleans was granted an extension, so its unclear when New Orleans submitted their bid. So while its certainly reasonable for the DNC to give New Orleans a little extra time to get their bid in order, additional delays would certainly raise the question about whether New Orleans is really ready to host the convention.