The 2024 Republican National Convention is being organised in such a way that delegates will not be required to visit the blue state of Illinois.
When Republicans gather next year to choose a presidential nominee, convention organisers claim that every state delegation will stay in hotels within Wisconsin’s borders. They are also encouraging the delegations to use the Milwaukee airport for both arrivals and departures.
This is no easy task to accomplish. There aren’t enough hotel rooms for the massive political gathering in Milwaukee because the city isn’t as big as neighbouring Chicago.
Although the majority of convention delegates will be staying in Milwaukee, a small number may opt to take a bus from Madison, 80 miles west, or a rail from Kenosha, 40 miles south. This is despite the fact that some delegates may find it more convenient to go to distant Chicago suburbs. To show their dedication to the pivotal swing state of Wisconsin, however, Republicans should make the sacrifice.
You do realise that Illinois isn’t exactly a politically supportive state, does it? In an interview with HEADLINESFOREVER, Elise Dickens, CEO of the Republican National Convention, explained that the decision to be present in its entirety was deliberate, given that Wisconsin is a crucial swing state.
According to Dickens, Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, crossed an ideological boundary in her coordination with Cavalier Johnson, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee.
We wanted to make an appearance because we are aware that Milwaukee is a blue town. The state has been an investment for us for many years, and we see a lot of potential here, Dickens added.
Proximity has been a well-known problem for conventions throughout the years. There has been a long-standing practice of delegates commuting great distances, away from the televised events’ downtown floor action. It will remain so for Republicans in 2024, even if organisers are stressing the advantage of remaining in Wisconsin.
Keeping all delegates within Chicago city limits for the Democratic National Convention in August 2024 was another major concern for the convention organisers.
Approximately 2,429 delegates, 2,262 alternates, and 45,000 members of the media, guests, entourages, and volunteers are anticipated by the Republican National Committee. Organisers have stated that, in theory, all of the delegations might fit in the greater Milwaukee area as hotel assignments will not be finalised until the spring.
Even with the promise of commerce, Dickens admitted that some Wisconsin businesses were slow to buy in. When the Democratic convention in Milwaukee had to go virtual four years ago due to the epidemic, some people felt “burned” because of it. Their anticipated business deal never came through.
Prior to the cancellation of the Democratic convention, Dickens stated that there were animosities regarding the Democrats’ use of O’Hare Airport and their lodging in suburban Chicago hotels.
“The rivalry between Wisconsin and Illinois has a rich history,” she remarked. So, the desire of the DNC to cross the borders was met with disapproval by several local Milwaukeeans.
A number of organisers, including Reince Priebus, who chairs the Milwaukee Host Committee, called local business owners to persuade them that hosting the Republican convention would be financially beneficial to Wisconsin.
Prompting companies and possible contributors that the convention isn’t about “red or blue,” the mayor has also been engaging in this practice. Green is the theme.
According to Johnson, “I’m a proud Democrat,” he told reporters when touring the Fiserv Arena convention site earlier this month. “My purpose for being here is not political. I’ve come all the way to Milwaukee in the hopes of attracting convention goers.