Gov. Brian Kemp said he would be “honored” for Georgia to host the Republican National Convention in August if North Carolina won’t commit to allowing full attendance due to a ban on large gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In a Twitter post to President Donald Trump, Kemp touted the state’s “world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce” in a bid to “safely” host the RNC.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a strongly worded statement to the AJC that she was opposed to the idea. The mayor said the city was following the same CDC guidelines as North Carolina concerning large gatherings of people.
“That plan does not contemplate hosting a large gathering event in August,” Bottoms said in the statement. “In fact, several long-standing city-supported and sponsored events have already been canceled in order to comply with CDC guidelines.”
On Monday, Trump tweeted that unless full attendance is allowed “we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site.”
The RNC is likely to attract 50,000 people to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center Aug. 24-27.

4 replies on “Report: Mayor opposes proposed move of Republican National Convention to Atlanta”

  1. Why should Atlantans and those who commute to the city to work risk large crowds of delegates, politicians/staffers and the press from out-of-state who will be shopping, dining and frequenting our landmarks and parks while potentially spreading the virus to those of us who live and work here. Let Kemp travel to D.C. if he wants to hobnob with those people.

  2. Given that the state’s coronavirus guidelines (or lack thereof) supersede any local restrictions, I am not sure there is anything Mayor Bottoms can actually do to prevent the governor from allowing the RNC to move their convention to ATL.

  3. I am honored to identify the mayor as another black activist who forgot that the president used to be a DEMOCRAT. She should be proud to honor and enrich her city with a major event, but she prefers to foster the hoax that the virus will kill us all. The only way to prevent the re-election of the president is to hope that the Wu-Flu will destroy the economy.

  4. First of all the virus is NOT a HOAX. Secondly at least she is looking out for the people of Georgia and our ongoing fight with Covid-19. If 2 funerals started all the problems with that one city I’m sure 50,000 would have our state loaded with the virus.

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