Portman, Brown team up to help Columbus land ‘16 Democratic convention

The two sent a letter to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., urging her to pick Columbus over Philadelphia and Brooklyn – the two other finalists for the convention for the week of July 25, 2016.

“Columbus is well positioned and prepared to host a successful convention,” the two wrote. “The city is a day’s drive from about half the U.S. population and it is a world-class city with enough convention space, hotel rooms, and vibrant downtown event sites to meet the demands of a national convention.”

They also list the Ohio State University Stadium, Nationwide Arena, Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Scioto Mile, hundreds of restaurants, and event spaces as assets, saying the city has nearly 4,000 downtown hotel rooms and 20,000 additional hotel rooms within a 20-minute drive of downtown.

Wasserman Schultz was in Columbus on Monday for one of the last site visits before the DNC picks its convention site. She visited Philadelphia today and will visit New York Friday, according to the DNC.

Brown, a Democrat, and Portman, a Republican, also worked together to successfully lobby the Republican National Committee to select Cleveland as the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. That convention is scheduled for July 18 through 21.

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