by Sam Levin
Missouri didn't get a whole lot of attention in the 2012 presidential race, but things could be quite different in 2016. That is, if the mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City have their way.
Kansas City is buzzing this week about the potential for the city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is expressing interest in having the Democratic National Convention here.
"It brings a lot of focus and attention to your city and brings a lot of people in," Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT. "We know that we handle big conventions very successfully and have a lot to show off in the city."
Slay tweeted this week:
Landing both conventions would save a lot of wear and tear on the national media and lobbyists. #fgs— MayorSlay.com (@MayorSlay) July 31, 2013
Crane reiterates that media would probably appreciate having both conventions in the same state.
It is very early in the process, but "the mayor has signified his interest," she says.
A Midwestern city would be a great choice, Crane adds. "Where better to kick off the DNC than right here in St. Louis?"
The Kansas City Council endorsed a resolution yesterday "proudly" supporting an application to host the 2016 RNC (even if the city is generally a Democratic stronghold).
Kansas City mayor Sly James and civic leaders from both Kansas and Missouri are traveling to Boston this month to make the pitch, the Star reports.
The presidential conventions put host cities in the spotlight in big ways. Westword, RFT's sister paper in Colorado, published a good piece last year about how the DNC was transformative for Denver.