Cooper and RNC at odds over Republican convention

By on June 2, 2020

One key issue is how many conventioneers would be allowed in the Spectrum Center.

Governor Roy Cooper released a letter today indicating he is at odds with Republican National Committee and Republican National Convention officials over the conditions for holding the party’s convention in Charlotte from Aug. 24-27, given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The standoff at least raises the specter of Republicans moving the gathering to another city.

In the letter dated June 2 and addressed to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Republican National Convention CEO Marcia Lee Kelly, Cooper begins by writing that, ‘I am in receipt of your letter of May 30, 2020, demanding a ‘full convention’ which includes ’19,000 delegates, alternative delegates, staff, volunteers, elected officials and guests inside the Spectrum Center.’ You also require ‘full hotels and restaurants and bars at capacity.’ In my conversations with you and with President Trump Friday night, you want us to guarantee a full arena.”

The governor concluded the letter by responding that as much as he hoped COVID-19 conditions would be “favorable” for holding a full convention 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 guarantee you seek.”

President Trump has threatened to move the Republican Convention from North Carolina if Cooper does not provide that guarantee and Fox News is reporting that Republican National Committee officials are looking at such cities as Nashville, Las Vegas, Orlando and Jacksonville as alternative sites for the convention.

In his June 2 press briefing held shortly after his letter was made public, Cooper in response to a reporter’s question, said that, “When the pandemic hit, we began having discussions with the Republican National Committee about a scaled-down convention.” But he noted that any conversation about that kind of convention “has stopped” on the GOP side, adding, “I hope they’ll continue discussions about a scaled-down convention in Charlotte.”

When asked about his thoughts should the nominating convention be relocated out of state, Cooper said: “I’m concerned about anywhere in the country where you will have that many people in one place.”





  • Dman

    Take notice north carolinians ,cooper just denied the state economy millions of dollars.

    Tuesday, Jun 2 @ 9:43 pm

    “Raises the specter”?????? of moving the convention.
    Sorry but the correct wording should be “Raises the successful adherence to “President” trumps OWN health rules for allowing large gatherings

    Tuesday, Jun 2 @ 10:17 pm
  • Burnin' and Lootin'

    There is a simple solution to this. The GOP should hold their convention just as planned. When Cooper’s goons come to shut it down, all the Republicans need to say is that they are holding a “protest.” Of course, in order to make it believable, they’ll need to set uptown Charlotte on fire and loot the all the businesses.

    Wednesday, Jun 3 @ 3:35 am
  • Ghost Crab

    Wherever they end up there will be a huge cost for tax payers to pay for police and crowd control. Mar-a-lago would be a good choice.

    Wednesday, Jun 3 @ 8:04 am
  • Dethrol

    Charlotte and the state of North Carolina would NET somewhere north of $200 million in about a week. Instead, working people somewhere else will reap the benefits. Great job, Governor Cooper. Make sure all those peaceful protestors wear a mask now, you hear. What a joke.

    Wednesday, Jun 3 @ 1:48 pm
  • 60s Suzanne

    I am thankful to have a governor who puts my health and welfare above the unreasonable demands of an unrealistic president. I’m sure it was not easy to say no.
    Charlotte is already struggling with upward numbers of infections and hospitalizations. There are too many deaths resulting from this.
    They do not need an influx of over 19,000 people all cramming into one enclosed space for a long period of time. It has been proven an activity like this is a fertile breeding ground for transmission of the virus. No state needs this. You might lose some money but at least you will be safe and not carrying the virus home to friends and family.
    Also, if you check Trump’s other visits and rallies that cost cities tons of money to set up for and provide security, you will find that he NEVER reimburses the towns for these expenses. He will do the same thing to Charlotte and once again the taxpayers will end up paying the price in dollars and health.

    Wednesday, Jun 3 @ 9:41 pm
  • Dethrol

    @60s Suzanne
    Your bias is showing. You lost your credibility when you hid behind rhetorical pandemic “facts” to get to your ludicrous equation of the Republican National Convention to a rally or visit by the President. And nary a mention of the tens of thousands ignoring the pandemic preventive guidance each day to protest and riot, nor the costs associated with these activities… Hmmm.

    Thursday, Jun 4 @ 11:01 am
  • NASCAR Kate

    “Hi! I’m your president. I’d like 19,000 or so of you to come join me in August to celebrate what a great president I am, listen to a bunch of my usual lies and maybe get drunk a few times. You’ll get to see me, yes me, get nominated to run again to be president, too!

    “Oh, about 580 of you will die if you come, because normally 3% or so of crowds hanging out together infect each other with Covid-19. If you’re lucky, maybe you won’t be one of the 580 dying a horrible, slow, painful death (alone, as family can’t be with you). C’mon! You feel lucky, don’t you?

    “We should mention that there’s no way to tell how many of you will actually be infected with the virus. You won’t even know for the first couple of weeks (but you’ll be infecting others anyway). Isn’t that just crazy?! You might infect your own family, your elderly parents, your friends with cancer and anyone you breathe on in a store. And, they’ll be spreading it around, too.

    “No bigly. Just start taking that malaria drug now! If that doesn’t kill you, you’re guaranteed to have fun at this useless convention! (I’m going to be nominated anyway, so the convention itself will be a little anti-climactic.)

    “Start saving up! Make those hotel reservations now, too. Remember the GOP Convention Slogan: ‘We don’t give a hoot how many people we kill; we ought to be able to get together still!’

    DJT aka POTUS

    Friday, Jun 5 @ 1:27 am
  • anotherobxman

    Please go somewhere else other than North Carolina! Might I suggest Alabama or maybe even Alaska where Trump could wave to Putin from Sarah Palin’s porch.

    Friday, Jun 5 @ 7:11 am