Thursday, May 11, 2006

Is a Detroit bid in question?

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

Detroit's political leaders have held meetings to look at the feasibilty of bidding for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and the Detroit Free Press gives an update:

How about the 2008 political conventions? Or maybe even the 2016 Summer Olympics?

Both have been the subject of speculation by the so-called Big 4 -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Nancy White, chairwoman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

The conventions are something that the political leaders of metro Detroit are ready to cooperate on, especially after the success of the Super Bowl in February. "We want something that we can all do together," said Kilpatrick on Friday during the annual luncheon of the Eight Mile Boulevard Association.

All three other leaders agreed. "We've been talking about what else we can focus on," said Patterson. "I'll support an application for either convention."


The city doesn't have much time to make a decision. The deadline to submit a bid for the Democratic convention is May 19. The GOP convention deadline is May 22. Once the bids come in, the two parties will whittle their lists ...Ford Field has been mentioned as a possible site.

The proposals are due to the DNC on May 19, in just over a week. It seems very late in the process to still be deciding whether to submit a proposal. I'm getting a feeling that Detroit may not be a sure thing to make it to the next round.


Anonymous said...

I can't say I'm suprised.

Matt said...

Why do you say that?