Can Charlotte regain its New South swagger with 2012 Democratic convention?
Posted on 7 Jul 2010 by Justin Ruckman
“Private supporters of the idea have set up websites, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed and a YouTube channel with a video extolling the city’s virtues, with plenty of images of office towers and tree-lined streets.
(…) There are, of course, political reasons that make Charlotte a logical choice for national Democrats. President Obama won North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008, and a national convention — with the spotlight and the money that go with it — could help keep the state competitive, which is looking like a long shot right now. It would be a Democratic showcase in the South, a strong region for the GOP and right next door to marquee Republican and Newsweek cover subject Nikki Haley. Republicans have already chosen Tampa as its 2012 convention site.
(…) The city has something to prove. The institutions that made Charlotte the second largest banking center in the country — after New York, as most anyone would tell you a few years ago — took a hit during the financial crisis. Bank of America has a new CEO; the one-time regional giant Wachovia is part of San Francisco-based Wells Fargo.”