MeckGOP Statement On RNC Relocation

In Response to Governor Cooper Putting Political Interests Above Path to Economic Recovery
June 3, 2020
Sarah Reidy-Jones, Vice Chairman, Mecklenburg County Republican Party
[email protected], (502) 851-9600

Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Republican Party is responding to the news that the 2020 Republican National Convention will be relocated from Charlotte due to Governor Roy Cooper's inability to provide clear guidance and deadlines for fulfilling the contractual obligations of a successful event.

"Over two years ago, the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, in conjunction with the North Carolina Republican Party and business leaders within the region, began the process of bidding for and looking forward to successfully hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention in the Queen City. In a city that claims to embrace diversity and inclusion, it was our hope that the Republican Party could also be included in that conversation and showing our actions through deeds. We enjoyed bipartisan work to ensure a safe and welcoming convention, something we encouraged in 2012 with the DNC. We planted seeds of working together, through service projects, community conversations and a spirit of cooperation. We looked forward to providing an economic boost upwards of $165 million for our region while welcoming attendees from across the country to see just how welcoming and progressive of thought diversity our community could be.

Governor Cooper refuses to set a timetable for when we can proclaim that Charlotte, let alone North Carolina, is open for business. We continue to wonder when North Carolina will ever be declared open for business again. The economic policies created with Governor McCrory and the General Assembly are slowly deteriorating at a time that could not be worse for our struggling businesses and its employees. With nearly 1 in 7 Charlotteans working in the hospitality industry, they need reassurance that our state will ever be open for business. In a country that is slowly starting to reopen and resume some sense of normalcy this sets a dangerous precedent for the recruitment of future events and conventions to our beloved city and state. We refuse to accept the notion that North Carolina is closed for business. We continue to ask that everyone in our community let their voices be heard that we need to keep the convention in Charlotte.

On behalf of the 10,000 volunteers that were excited to share Charlotte with the world and prove that we could offer diversity of thoughts, opinions and ideals while showcasing our hospitality, we are saddened. For those of our volunteers that gave so much of their time and treasure, we are truly crushed. Our small delegation will go to whatever city will now receive the economic benefit of this move, but so many that would otherwise not have access to the convention have now been shut out of the process. And for that we are truly saddened.

Interviews can be conducted by local Party leadership on request.

In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, Reidy-Jones also serves as President of the Uptown Charlotte Republican Women and is one of three delegates to this summer's RNC from Mecklenburg County.

For additional questions, please reach out to Vice Chairman Sarah Reidy-Jones at (502) 851-9600 or [email protected]