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.