Brooklyn's Democratic Convention Bid

Brooklyn BP Eric Adams.


The de Blasio Administration is “enthusiastically” putting together a proposal to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention — and the game plan could go beyond Manhattan to the mayor's beloved Brooklyn. 

Original NY Daily News Article Here


National conventions, when Gotham scores them, have been traditonally held at Madison Square Garden.

But a letter to the party, the city included the lure of the “new Barclay’s Center in the heart of Brooklyn” as part of its initial pitch, along with MSG and the Javits Center.

“Our five boroughs [would] provide the perfect stage on which to present the Democratic Party’s ideals and vision,” Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen wrote the Democratic National Committee.

The DNC has invited New York and 14 other cities to present a formal host plan by June 6: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told the Daily News Tuesday he thinks a convention in his county can work.

"I believe the time has come to bring the king- (or queen-) making convention to the County of Kings,” Adams said. “If a city of almost 800,000 people like Charlotte (N.C.) can serve as host, surely our borough, the fourth-largest American city with over 2.5 million people and one of the largest Democratic counties in our nation, can get this done.”

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz wrote in a letter accompanying the request for proposals that the party wants to select “a city that shares our values of equality, inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity" for the quadrennial meeting.

“And because of the significant security and construction related issues that we will face, we also look for a city with strong relationships with organized labor and those they represent,” the Florida congresswoman wrote.

New York’s play for the 2016 convention raises the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be nominated for president in Gotham, as her husband was in 1992.

The Democrats last held their convention in Manhattan that year.

Prior to that, Democrats gathered in the city in 1976 and 1980, both times supporting Jimmy Carter. They also picked New York in 1868 and 1924.

The Republican Party held its convention at Madison Square Garden in 2004.

In 2012, the Democrats nominated President Obama for re-election in Charlotte while Republicans united behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Tampa, Fla.

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