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KC makes its case for the 2016 GOP convention, and Mayor Sly James reportedly sings
03/03/2014 9:29 AM
05/16/2014 11:59 AM
made its pitch to the Republican National Committees site convention committee Monday.
The 30-minute presentation came this morning. At the end, MayorSly James reportedly sang a version of the immortal Kansas City (presumably, the Wilbert Harrison version, not the Little Richard-Beatles
Later reports suggest the presentation was 30 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for questions.
According to Twitter, James was joined byLinda Bond and Jack Oliver
Olivers presence is significant. Hes a well-known GOP fixer and fund-raiser from St. Louis, and has some sway in the party nationally.
He was heavily involved in raising hundreds of millions of dollars for PresidentGeorge W. Bush
and the RNC.
Heres the citys video (h/tMicheal Mahoney
Three of the eight contender citiesLas Vegas, Dallas, and Cincinnati
postponed their presentations Monday. Theyll appear March 21, the RNC says.
(Here, we could insert some snarky comment about the cities inability to cope with a little snow. But snow wont be an issue at the 2016 convention, which will be held in June or July. So well drop the snark.)
RNC officials, including chairmanReince Priebus
, said business and economic considerations are more important than political considerations in the site selection process.
Thats also significant. Missouri is not believed to be in play in 2016, and Kansas is reliably Republican, at least on the presidential level.