President Trump is threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if Governor Roy Cooper doesn’t immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both Governor Cooper and the Mayor of Charlotte Mayor (both Democrats) responded in tweets, saying they both would rely on data and science to guide what rules would be in place to have a safe RNC
This comes just two days after our state recorded its largest daily increase in positive COVID cases yet. The highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic started was posted on Monday.
Republican National Convention in Charlotte: What if it stays? What if it goes?
The Republican National Convention in Charlotte is less than 90 days away, and questions are mounting about what it will look like amid the coronavirus pandemic. So, WCNC Charlotte took the contract to an attorney to see what options could be on the table and what the financial penalties would be.
What does the RNC contract allow?
The contract between the City of Charlotte, the RNC Host Committee, and others is 94 pages long. It was written years before the pandemic, therefore, there’s not a pandemic clause.
However, city leaders have the power to enforce rules that could vastly change the way the RNC would operate, according to a legal evaluation of the contract by Chris Strianese, the managing partner at Strianese Hucker, LLP in Charlotte.
“I think the RNC will look a lot different this year,” he said after looking over the document and noticing the authority given to city and state leaders.
*Currently, under Phase two, the RNC could go happen, but with only 10 people inside — not counting presenters or broadcast staff. That would be nowhere near the 20,000 people planning to pack the Spectrum Center. “We would have to be in a situation where we are out of phase three,” Strianese said for the Convention to go on as planned.
Option: Governor Cooper could revise his executive order to permit mass gatherings or the governor could grant the RNC a waiver.
Another option: The City of Charlotte or the RNC Host Committee could choose to breach the contract. However, hefty financial penalties would likely take place. If the city broke the contract, it could have to pay back the $50 million security grant it received from the federal government.
The Economic boom: For NC- the businesses, workers and contractors. The convention would generate a lot of revenue for the city and the state!
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