North Carolina’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, on Tuesday rejected the GOP’s plans for a full-fledged convention in Charlotte, telling Republican officials the only way the event would move forward is with proper health protocols in place.
“The people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity,” Cooper wrote in a letter to the Republican National Committee.
Which of course got immediate pushback from Republicans:
“Every day it is becoming clearer that Roy Cooper is putting politics ahead of results,” said North Carolina GOP spokesman Tim Wigginton in a statement. “We deserve to know why Cooper gives free reign to crowds gathered to riot, but refuses to let citizens peacefully and safely renominate the president.”
The RNC and city of Charlotte remain contractually obligated to host a convention in the city in August. Should Republicans decide to take their party elsewhere, they risk forfeiting millions of dollars in funds already spent on preliminary security and infrastructure measures. Doing so could also result in a major legal battle between the city and Republican National Committee.
The New Confederacy will be glad to host them somewhere. If I were a betting man, I’d go with Floriduh…