Reports say a Las Vegas group has formed to lure the 2016 GOP political convention to its home city.
So, are Republicans ready to follow up 2012’s RNC in Tampa, reputed to be the “strip club capital of the world,” for Sin City?
“The 2016 GOP convention will be one of the largest and most significant events of its kind,” reads the Web site LasVegas2016.com. “Las Vegas will provide the world-class facilities, accommodations, infrastructure, dining and entertainment options to make the 2016 convention like no other. We are the #1 convention destination in North America. This is what we do.”
The effort to bring the convention to Las Vegas is being led by Nevada Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki. As of right now, the Las Vegas 2016 site only has a sign up form to receive more information, but with a Twitter feed (with 180 followers) and Facebook community page (329 likes), Las Vegas citizens can be sure they haven’t heard the last. Governor Brian Sandoval has already been tweeting up a storm about the Las Vegas 2016 effort.
“Las Vegas is the number one convention destination in North America,” Krolicki said, echoing the Web site. “We do it better than anyone else in the country. We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for Las Vegas and all of Nevada.”
Krolicki’s Las Vegas efforts are likely to be supported by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who the Washington Post describes as one of the GOP’s biggest donors in 2012. Adelson is chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and resides in Las Vegas.
“We’re very excited about it. We’re 100 percent behind it and think it’s a great opportunity for Las Vegas and Nevada, and as a swing state, it’s important,” Andy Abboud, vice president of government relations for Las Vegas Sands Corp., said via the Washington Post.
Abboud then made a very salient point:
“Some other cities may have started earlier, but when it comes to infrastructure and hotels and entertainment venues, no city is better prepared than Las Vegas.”
What do you think of the idea of the RNC in Las Vegas?
— Las Vegas 2016 (@LV2016) October 29, 2013