Republicans, Democrats eye Milwaukee to host 2024 National Convention
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- All eyes are on Milwaukee as now both the Democrat and Republican national committees are showing interest in hosting a convention in the Cream City.
This week VISIT Milwaukee received a formal request from the Republican National Committee encouraging them to submit a bid to host the 2024 convention.
"It's amazing, it says that Milwaukee is capable of handling events this size," said Claire Koenig, spokeswoman for VISIT Milwaukee.
It comes just weeks after Mayor Tom Barrett nudged the Democratic National Committee that the city is interested in hosting again.
Regardless of which political party you support, lawmakers and city officials are thrilled both parties are showing interest.
"I think it would be amazing, let's have them both come, I'm okay with that," said State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). "If they come, doesn't matter if they are an R or D, they're going to have an amazing time."
The chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin is also delighted about the chance to host.
“If Milwaukee is selected, Wisconsin Republicans would be honored to welcome the RNC to the birthplace of the Republican Party," said Paul Farrow, Republican Party of Wisconsin chairman.
It's an opportunity that could bring tens of thousands of visitors to Milwaukee and surrounding cities, which also means big bucks for the city.
"Any event like this, that does bring a significant amount of economic impact, a significant amount of media spotlight, that's something we're going to be really excited about," said Koenig.
While the event is still years out, it could be perfect timing for Milwaukee to showcase the $420 million project to expand the convention center. The interest also comes on the heels of the Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA championship, and other successful events like Summerfest and the State Fair, Koenig said.
Mike Wagner, political science professor at UW-Madison, said Milwaukee is a key choice for both parties as Wisconsin continues to prove it's a battleground state.
"When the contest is as close as it's been in Wisconsin's presidential and gubernatorial elections, it makes sense for the political parties to try and signal the importance of the state to shore up get out the vote operations in the state," said Wagner.
Reports show the RNC has sent requests to about three dozen cities to see if they be interested in hosting.