The Buzz

March 3, 2014

KC makes its case for the 2016 GOP convention, and Mayor Sly James reportedly sings

Kansas City officials are in a winter-plagued Washington, D.C., to make the case for the GOP 2016 presidential nominating convention.

The Buzz

The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

Despite a wintry blast in D.C., Kansas City

made its pitch to the Republican National Committees site convention committee Monday.

The 30-minute presentation came this morning. At the end, Mayor

Sly 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 by

Linda 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 President

George W. Bush

and the RNC.

Heres the citys video (h/t

Micheal Mahoney


Three of the eight contender cities

Las 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 chairman

Reince 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.

Related content



Editor's Choice Videos