Just posted by the New York Times, the liberal safe haven of Brooklyn has officially put its hat in the ring to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
According to Mayor de Blasio, a Brooklyn native who lives just a short drive from the Barclays Center, the proposed hosting arena, “The progressive spirit of New York City has never been stronger or more vibrant that it is today…We believe that this spirit can energize and captivate both the Democratic Party and the nation.” Having just hosted the Super Bowl, Mayer de Blasio feels New York now, more than ever, has the “capacity to execute large, world-class events.” He also made note of New York’s impressive and extensive mass transit network as advantages for a hosting city, making the convention arguably one of the most accessible.
New York has been the home of five national conventions in the past–four Democratic, and one Republican–but more recently, these events have been held in major swing states (read: Florida). To host the convention in not only a known blue state, but in one of the most liberal boroughs, would be a major shift. New York is one of 15 proposed cities to host the DNC, and with the convention often seen as crucial for swaying undecided voters, it will be interesting to see the effect such a liberal host city would have on the results. What do you think? (The New York Times)