Mayor Slay: the city would consider another political convention bid

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by Diana Zoga

KMOV.com

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 2 at 10:42 PM

 

Senator McCaskill countered by tweeting, "Of course I wanted DNC for St Louis. It would have brought $, organization, and face it, not getting it sure isn't gonna stop political attacks."

A spokesperson confirmed the statement came from Senator McCaskill.

 

(KMOV) -- Coming off the news that St. Louis lost its bid to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Mayor Francis Slay said, "We didn't get it, but that doesn't mean we're going to just forget about it."

Mayor Slay's comment comes a day after the Democratic National Committee announced that it chose Charlotte, North Carolina as its host city.

Looking ahead to the 2016 elections, Mayor Slay said, "I certainly think we ought to give it a lot of thought."

Over the last year, St. Louis city and business leaders rolled out the red carpet in an effort to attract the political convention. The city hosted a national meeting of democrats last August and held a concert, featuring Chuck Berry and Nelly, for the DNC last July.

The mayor says the efforts may not have been a complete waste, believing that St. Louis may now be on the map for future political conventions.

"We wouldn't have gotten this far if the Democratic Party didn't believe that St. Louis could have handled the event."

Mayor Slay says the city wouldn't have done anything differently during the bid process. He said the city pointed out that it has plenty of hotel rooms and venues to host the convention. He says the committee didn't have complaints about transportation or infrastructure.

"It was very clear, by all accounts, it came down to politics," said Mayor Slay, with the party looking to gain a foothold in a southern state.

Mayor Slay also dismissed a report by the New York Times, citing sources who said U.S. Senator Clair McCaskill privately had concerns about St. Louis hosting the convention. thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/democrats-will-meet-in-charlotte-in-2012/

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