Dallas, TX– And the winner is… not Dallas.
Cleveland won the backing of an RNC panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s next presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination there in 2016. The full committee is expected to ratify the choice next month.
“We hate to lose,” President/CEO of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau Phillip J. Jones said. “It’s not fun coming in second, but we did learn a lot.”
Dallas and Cleveland went head-to-head as the top two finalists, but Big D didn’t quite make the cut.
“My first statement would be to congratulate Cleveland, but I think Cleveland had a lot of appeal, with it being a swing state and a new arena as well,” Former Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison said.
It didn’t matter that we had thousands more hotel rooms and millions of dollars in fundraising. We couldn’t offer up June.
“In a perfect world, we could’ve offered June dates, but we didn’t have hotel availability, we didn’t have venue availability, and that’s something that we really had no control over,” Jones but she said it would have been a slam dunk for Dallas had this been any other year.
Speaking of slam dunk, the NBA playoffs dribble into June. Could that mean Cleveland is giving up on the Cavs?
“We had already booked those hotel rooms; tens of millions of dollars to cancel those bookings,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “The whole issue with the playoffs, maybe I’m wrong, maybe LeBron ends up in Cleveland and they have to change some things,” he laughed.
“They were very, very impressed,” Jones said. “They really liked the live elephants,” he smiled.
Guess our elephants fell a little short of fancy enough to be selected.