Imagine the headlines:
Republicans Rolling the Dice on 2016.
Imagine Harry Reid’s headache.
Imagine Howard Stern’s show.
The Nevada Host Committee, Inc. announced today that it will make a formal bid to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Las Vegas. With the backing of “key Nevada business and hospitality industry leaders’,” the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki will chair the committee.
“We do it better than anyone else in the country,” Krolicki says of the town’s prowess in the convention business.
Let the imagination roam.
— Bunny Ranch (@bunnyranch) October 28, 2013
Las Vegas wants to host the 2016 GOP convention. Average LV high temperature is 103 F in August. Just saying.
— Adam O’Neal (@adamoradio) October 29, 2013
Las Vegas hosted more than 21,000 conventions with 5 million attendees in 2012 alone, the committee notes. It has been the No. 1 convention destination in North America for 19 years. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms, Las Vegas could have hosted all the attendees of the 2012 convention in Tampa inside a one-mile radius and within a mile of the airport.
Is there an inside track here?
Sheldon Adelson, a major donor to Republican candidates, owns the Las Vegas Sands.
Jack St. Martin, who will serve as executive director of the committee, has worked for five Republican National Committee chairmen. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Faith and Freedom Coalition nationally and directed field efforts for the Christian Coalition.
He may have to switch gears from that family values thing.
“Las Vegas makes perfect sense for the GOP Convention,” St. Martin says. “Las Vegas knows how to host something of this magnitude and Nevada’s diverse demographics make total sense for the GOP to come here.”
That demographic, with a booming Latino population, has made Nevada competitive for Democrats.
If the GOP wants to hold its 2016 convention there, the party may want to reconsider its strategy on an immigration bill before then.
If they don’t, Senate Majority Leader Reid, the Democrat from Searchlight, Nevada, may advise the Republicans that the candidate nominated in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas for a lot longer than a convention.