(ThePatriotSource.com)- It’s looking more and more like the Republican National Convention will have a new home come August.
Governor Ray Cooper of North Carolina, where the RNC was scheduled to be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, said on Tuesday that he wouldn’t be able to guarantee that he’d allow a full capacity convention that many Republicans are calling for. He did, however, leave open the possibility that a scaled-down event could be held.
Cooper wrote a letter to RNC officials saying social distancing and face coverings were “a necessity” for Republicans as they’re planning the convention while the coronavirus pandemic is still going on. Republicans led by President Donald Trump had previously requested a convention with 19,000 people attending along with no social distancing requirements and no requirements for wearing masks.
While North Carolina is current in Phase 2 of its re-opening, gatherings that are held indoors are limited to only 10 people at the moment. In his letter, Cooper wrote:
“As much as we want the conditions surrounding COVID-19 to be favorable enough for you to hold the convention you describe in late August, it is very unlikely. Neither public health officials nor I will risk the health and safety of North Carolinians by providing the guarantees you seek.”
In response RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted that, “we hope to still conduct the business of our convention in Charlotte.” But she also said the Republican National Committee would “begin visiting multiple cities and states who have reached out in recent days about hosting an historic event to show that America is open for business.”
Some of the potential sites that Republicans are planning to visit in the near future are Las Vegas, Orlando and Nashville, according to a Politico report.
Despite McDaniel’s message about the possibility of keeping the convention in Charlotte, one committeeman from California, Shawn Steel, feels like the door is all but closed on North Carolina. On Tuesday, he said:
“I think it’s done. You can’t negotiate with a guy like (Cooper). He’s a hard-leftist Democrat that doesn’t want Trump to look good in his state.”
At a Tuesday news conference, Cooper directly addressed the RNC situation, saying it’d be “much more likely” that Charlotte could remain the host city if Republicans scaled back the convention. While he didn’t mention a specific number of attendees, he did say:
“The likelihood of it being in Charlotte depends on the Republican National Committee’s willingness to discuss with us a scaled-down convention. Anywhere they would go, you really don’t know exactly where COVID-19 is going to be in that particular place at the end of August.”
Local Republican representatives are doing their part to lobby North Carolina officials to keep the convention in Charlotte. They are worried that if the convention moves, it could have a big negative economic impact on the region.
At a joint news conference with Representatives Dan Bishop from North Carolina and Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Representative Tedd Budd (NC) said:
“Small businesses are struggling. We’ve got a great opportunity to come back from one of the worst economic crises. They need the chance to earn the business the RNC is going to provide.”