Friday, October 06, 2006

New York actually comments!

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

One constant throughout this whole process has been how quiet the New York bid team has been. While the other cities, especially Denver and St. Paul/Minneapolis have always had their supporters quoted in the press about how well their bid was going, New York has said very little. I imagine this is due to New York's willingness to let their bid stand on its own - given their history of hosting conventions, they don't feel a need to have a PR campaign. And even today, with quotes from both sides, New York is still staying low key:

From Denver:

"The momentum is building every day, not only locally and regionally but nationally," said Denver City Councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth, president of the Denver 2008 Host Committee. "People are saying, 'Denver, Denver, Denver,' " she said.
Debbie Willhite, executive director of Denver's host committee, was on business Thursday in Washington, D.C., and said the buzz there about Denver is "extraordinarily positive. The stars are lining up because Denver has a strong bid and people want to come there," she said in a telephone interview.

New York responds in a written statement:
"New York City has a proven track record of hosting world-class mega events, and we look forward to working with the Democratic National Committee should they pick New York as their city."
A bit of difference in the tone, don't you think?


Anonymous said...

Hmmm... Let's see... NBA All-Star Game, NHL All-Star Game, Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Summit of the Eight, Papal Visit and World Youth Day. Yeah, those really don't qualify as "mega world-class events."

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Yeah, who ever heard of the G8, World Youth Day, an awarding of the Olympic Games or the Vatican being world-class? (Hmmm, maybe anyone who lives in the real world)

Denver's got this one.

Anonymous said...

Matt, this blog is great. It's been keeping me informed all this time.

And as for who I think should host 2008, my money in on Denver all the way. Rocky Mountain High!