Mayor Barrett says Milwaukee out for Dem. National Convention

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — FOX6’s media partners at the Milwaukee Business Journal are reporting Milwaukee is out as a potential venue for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The Democratic National Committee — which organizes the Democratic National Convention, sent letters to about 30 cities — inviting them to bid on the 2016 convention, and Milwaukee got one of those letters.

But according to the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee Wednesday, Marcy 5th — explaining that the city is already bursting with events in the summer and wouldn’t be able to accommodate the convention.

The Milwaukee Business Journal published a portion of Mayor Barrett’s letter, which says:

“Our summers in Milwaukee are jam packed with festivals and conventions, including the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest, ethnic festivals and large business conventions, such as Northwestern Mutual’s annual meeting. It is likely that the timing of the DNC Convention will conflict with these existing major events, making it difficult for the city of Milwaukee to explore hosting the convention at this time.”

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  • Baba Ganoush

    That’s unfortunate. Regardless of political affiliations (because they’re stupid), the boost in the downtown economy would have been great, especially considering how much it has suffered with this horrible winter.

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