Democratic National Committee visits to assess Democratic National Convention bid

Dem-sell research: Politicos visit boro to kick tires ahead of convention-site pick

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The Democratic National Committee got a last look at Brooklyn on Friday.

The committee’s chairwoman, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D–Florida) visited the borough and toured Barclays Center with Mayor DeBlasio as part of the political party’s final deliberation over where to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Brooklyn is a frontrunner alongside the obviously defective cities of Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio.

New York released the details of its private fund-raising last week, saying it has $20 million in donations committed so far towards its $100 million goal, including $6.5 million in the bank. The city also announced a 119-member host committee, and 10 co-chairmen and women who are supposed to help raise the dough. Prominent committee members include Leonard Litwin, the 100-year-old developer reported to be the unnamed developer who prosecutors say hired a law firm close to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, knowing that Silver was receiving lucrative referral fees from the firm. Litwin has not been charged with breaking the law. The team heading up the group includes fashion icon and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Napster co-founder Sean Parker, and Goldman Sachs head Lloyd Blankfein.

Wasserman Schultz’s visit comes a week after activists called for Mayor DeBlasio to come up with a plan to mitigate the impact of traffic and crowds around the convention, and the mayor’s office countered by lining up six dozen businesses in support of the shindig.

The party is expected to make a decision in the next several weeks.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mike from Williamsburg says:
I hope Sheldon Silver's arrest keeps the convention out of NYC. New York Democrats are an embarrassment.
Feb. 2, 2015, 3:53 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Hey Dems.... this isn't some convention center in the middle of an abandoned downtown or industrial area like Nashville. This is super dense residential area and there are people watching. People with cameras and people not happy about what you will do to their neighborhood. We will see every slip up every drunken antic and then so will youtube. I guarentee I will both airBnB the shoite out of my spare room and get plenty of video. Go back to Ohio you politicians... it's what you deserve.
Feb. 3, 2015, 9:52 am
ty from pps says:
I don't have the NIMBY reactions that a lot of people seem to have about *any* event in New York City (it's ridiculous on the face of it to have such a reaction), but I don't see a NYC/Brooklyn location being beneficial to the election campaign. I think Columbus or Philadelphia would much better serve the political goals of such a convention.
Feb. 3, 2015, 10:41 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Please dont have it here. NY, especially brooklyn is already overpriced & overrated so we dont need anymore gullables hyping up brooklyn as the go-to destination. How about addressing the problem with 60000 homeless folks on the street before worrying about having the DNC here?
Feb. 3, 2015, 4:59 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Have it in columbus because thats a true swing state. NY & PA are blue states so there's no point of having it in either bk or philly.
Feb. 3, 2015, 5:01 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Columbus, OH i meant, typo.
Feb. 3, 2015, 5:02 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I still find it an irony for the DNC the host their convention in a place that is a product of eminent domain abuse, corporate welfare, and even secret deals when they are usually against all of this.
Feb. 3, 2015, 7:32 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal, we all find you to be "an irony," so, we're even.

jjm -- Pennsylvania has a bit of a purple tinge. I agree Columbus would be a much better choice, but the DNC might feel a little extra insurance for the PA electoral votes is in order. I have no idea why NYC would even be considered. I can't think a convention would change the New York fundraising base that much to outweigh the potential vote gain due to the "optics" of the DNC in Ohio.
Feb. 4, 2015, 9:47 am
MJBabic from Park Slope says:
"Dem-sell research" -- Best headline I've seen in a long time; bravo to the person who wrote it.
Feb. 4, 2015, 10:33 am
MJBabic from Park Slope says:
"Dem-sell research" -- bravo to the writer of that gem!
Feb. 4, 2015, 10:34 am
Nathan Tempey (Brooklyn Paper) says:
Thanks, MJBabic. I had fun writing it.
Feb. 4, 2015, 1:50 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
There is no good reason for NYC to be a part of the political backdrop of 2016. It will only confuse the issues and decrease the chance for democrats to win the presidency again. Democrats certainly know how to give the best effort to lose elections. Bravo.
Feb. 5, 2015, 1:10 pm

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