Atlanta bounced from 2012 RNC race

We’re less than a year past the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul., Minn., and already the list of 2012 sites has been narrowed.

And Atlanta is a victim of the narrowing.

Not that our fair city had yet launched much of a campaign, or even said it was interested. But, according to The Hill, a D.C.-based newspaper, Atlanta has been eliminated because someone from Georgia is serving on the Republican National Committee’s official site selection committee.

A new RNC rule prevents the committee from choosing a state that is represented by someone on the committee. The newspaper does not say which of Georgia’s RNC members are serving, and a Georgia GOP spokesman was not immediately available for comment late Friday, but Georgia’s RNC members are state chairwoman Sue Everhart, Alec Poitevint and Linda Herren.

As for the Atlanta bid that never-will-be, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a 2010 candidate for governor, declared his intention to bring the 2012 convention to Atlanta during last year’s national convention.

Also eliminated, per the rule: Detroit, all of Ohio, Milwaukee, Denver and Salt Lake City. Other selection committee members represent South Carolina, Connecticut, the District of Columbia and Alaska, although none of those were likely bidders.

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July 31st, 2009
9:57 pm

much as I like conventions here in the city…… maybe Alpharetta is still in the running

Earle in Florida.

July 31st, 2009
10:24 pm

Atlanta? The REPUBLICAN convention?? Am I awake? A 95% black, corrupt Democrat city. This has to be a joke. Atlanta wouldn’t get the Republican convention if Hell froze over. Nor would they want it. Must be a slow news day…..

mba missing Florida

July 31st, 2009
10:53 pm

I could not AGREE with you more, Earle!!! I live here in the Metro Atlamta area and am appalled at all I see and hear. Am ready to return to Florida!! Amazing what shows up on a slow news day! The county I live in is very conservative. These are the folks that fled Atlanta because they could NOT take it any more.


August 1st, 2009
12:19 am

MBA missing Florida: There ain’t no Border Gaurds at the stateline,,, You’re probably one of the reasons Atlanta is like it is..Undesireables moving here from other states


August 1st, 2009
12:38 am

The GOP is such a regional political party that a cookout in Piedmont Park during Pride week should be just enough!

Hey Earle in FL

August 1st, 2009
1:27 am

I am a part of that 95% black, but I’m republican……So what went wrong? And with you being if FL, how the hell would you know what we want here in Atl.? Sounds like it’s a slow news day in Sunnyville.


August 1st, 2009
2:59 am

They should have their convention in Antarctica, nobody is there. They’ll probably try to kill off the penguins for being a bird that can’t fly. That will be a good ole hoot nanny and the greatest bimbo of them all Sarah Palin! She’ll take them to the promise land. Yee Haw!

Yankee in Gooberville

August 1st, 2009
6:32 am

Sure, pick Atlanta, showcase what a regional, increasingly marginal political party the GOP has become by holding it in the old, retrograde south. Maybe Mississippi or Alabama would be even better.


August 1st, 2009
4:13 pm

Excellent news! They aren’t welcome anyway. I agree, send them to AL or MS where minds are still small and heads are still up asses.

Earl in FL certainly isn’t in GA and I’ll wager that he never has been. Stay in FL Earl.


August 1st, 2009
4:18 pm

Yeah, God wants you to have it in AL or MS. Really. Of course the GOP already knew that, they have a direct line to the almighty. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which.


August 2nd, 2009
12:43 am

Atlanta dosn’t deserve a Republican convention because of it’s politics. I vote for Savahana or Macon.

Earle in Florida.

August 2nd, 2009
10:59 am

Well, at least I got a dialogue going… I was born in Atlanta and spent half my life there and still have a home in Vinings. I’ve watched the city deteriorate for 40 years, . And I must admit that 40 years of watching schools decline, crime increase, major companies leave town, traffic become an unsolvable nightmare, and ignorant tribal politicians watch out for their own interests, I’ve pretty much had it with what was once a great city.

Keeping It Real

August 2nd, 2009
11:41 am

Earle in Florida,

Thanks for leaving the once great City of Atlanta. Despite all those bad issues you mentioned, Atlanta still is a great place to live. Of course, all this is subject to one’s personal perspective. It is interesting that the state of Georgia went to the republicans, yet they see Metro Atlanta as being only the City of Atlanta. Hey Newt Gingrich lives in Georgia. I have been here for over 35 years and I never knew that the perspectives of Vinnings had anything to do with the city of Atlanta unless the issue of race was injected. Of course, we all know this is not where you are coming from. LOL!!!!


August 4th, 2009
11:10 pm

95%?? Actually, the last numbers I saw indicated Atlanta was less than 55% African-American (not that it should matter), and that percentage has been dropping for a decade. Why? because so many people have been moving into the city of Atlanta in the past 15 years…..and the majority of the new arrivals are, well, of European descent. The city’s population is now the highest it has ever been.

Also, 20 years ago the city ranked lower, in terms of income and education, than the surrounding counties; now the reverse is true.

But we know that Republicans don’t want to let facts get in the way of belief. 95%??


August 10th, 2009
1:19 pm

Wow. Fine examples of racism alive and well in the republican party. Sounds like you want a party that’s only welcome and comfortable in a backwood swamp with burning crosses. Very inviting.


August 10th, 2009
1:22 pm

I love Atlanta. I loved living there. That said, we moved to the burbs in ‘07. We couldn’t tolerate the high crime, ridiculous taxes, terrible schools and oh yeah, all the “brown-outs”. Some of the highest taxes in the nation, you get no police protection, you still have to send your kid to private school, and oh yeah, no one to call when your house is on fire. Sign me up!

We love Georgia. Atlanta needs some serious help.


August 10th, 2009
4:10 pm

Since when do you get to lump all republicans into a “racist” profile (which is a racist comment in itself)? Honestly, I’m getting tired of people thinking that they can claim racism on everything and intimidate people with differing opinions. That goes for all you whites, blacks, and in-betweens. Maybe if we as people could get off our high horses and move out of an idealistic world of what we “should have”, then we’ll get rid of this nasty virus we call “entitlement”.

Let’s face it…the Dems have the power to do as they please, so they do, and when someone disagrees, they are a racist. Then its time to intimidate them into not speaking out against the Democrat power? But the second that they do speak out against having their paycheck RAPED to pay for those of laziness and to pay for our childrens’ debt, the Dems claim the whole thing was all set up by the GOP? Well, this Air Force vet ain’t buying it…I fought for Dems to speak their mind, but the GOP is included in that right…So, don’t enjoy your right and then think the GOP doesn’t have it also.

By the way, let’s get our facts straight when giving black percentages, and lets stop thinking every white boy in the GOP is a racist. Deal? Racism problem solved…until someone else brings it up…and then piss on you for bringing it up again.


August 11th, 2009
10:56 pm

Fact is you don’t have to be a racist to be a republican, but if you are a racist, you’re a republican.


August 12th, 2009
1:30 am

Ray McBerry is the only genuine constitutional conservative running for governor of Georgia. Read the writings of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, etc., and in their words you will find the likeness of Ray McBerry: a man forged in the tradition of the founding generation. If you want a governor who will stand in-between you and the threats of Washington D.C. in order to preserve your God-given freedoms, then Ray McBerry is the way to go.


September 29th, 2009
10:30 am

This information is misleading. No city is eliminated because a commitee member is from that state. The person from that state must recuse themselves from the commitee for the bid to proceed.