Democrats have picked Denver for the 2008 convention, officials said Thursday.Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean made the announcement in Washington."I congratulate Governor Ritter, Mayor Hickenlooper, Senator Salzar and the members of the Denver Host Committee for assembling an outstanding bid that demonstrates the community's commitment to organizing a first-rate national convention that will put our nominee on the path to victory in 2008," Dean said in a statement. Click here to read his full statement.
Denver had been vying with New York City for the convention. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in recent weeks that he would not commit the city to underwrite the convention's costs.
I'm not sure if I'll still be here come fall 2008, but if I am I'll have to check out some of the hoopla. Anyway, this is a wise strategy for the Dems. The West and Southwest are areas where they can definitely make some gains -- Colorado for its part now has a Democratic legislature, a Democratic governor, and a majority Democratic Congressional delegation.