Brooklyn has emerged as a top contender, along with Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, to host the 2016 convention. Over a dozen members of the DNC selection committee spent two days in Brooklyn earlier this week to evaluate what the borough has to offer.
According to the numerous politicians at Monday’s press conference, what Brooklyn has to offer is just about everything.
“The energy is certainly in this district,” said Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who represents the district encompassing the Barclays Center. “We represented and birthed the concept of cool. We have swag on lockdown. We have the most beautiful elected officials, deputy commissioners, deputy mayors. We have it all here in Brooklyn, New York.”
Senator Charles Schumer, a Brooklynite himself, hosted the press conference and made sure to address the concern that the conference would be better off being held in a swing state, like Pennsylvania or Ohio.
“What’s really important is representing the future,” Schumer said. “No place, no competitor represents the future like Brooklyn, and the Democratic Party is the future of the country.”
He also made sure to note that New York native and potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been said to have approved hosting the convention in New York City.
“I think she would be so, so happy to have the convention in Brooklyn,” Schumer said.
Amy Dacey, chief executive of the DNC, attended the Brooklyn rally but did not give any hints or inklings as to what the final decision might be. She did, however, say that DNC was “very serious” about Brooklyn.
The other two cities in the running, Philadelphia and Columbus, both offer the opportunity for the convention to be held in a swing state. The Republican Party has already selected Cleveland for its 2016 convention, which may deter the DNC from heading to the Midwest.
The DNC’s site-selection committee headed to Philadelphia on Wednesday. A final decision on the location will be made at the end of this year or early next year.
Schumer did not seem concerned about the competition from Philly.
“There is no place that says the American dream burns brightly better than Brooklyn,” he said.