On Thursday, the DNC announced that Philadelphia will be the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
"I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States.
“In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee," DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.
“The City of Philadelphia is excited and honored to be selected as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. We believe that it was our proven track record of hosting big events safely and efficiently with a dynamic team of top-tier professionals to organize and manage a conference of this magnitude, paired with our City’s tremendous amenities, its accessible location and historical significance, which made Philadelphia the ideal choice for the 2016 DNC.
"I want to thank our great team at PHL DNC 2016, Governor Rendell and Governor Wolf, Senator Casey, Congressman Brady, Congressman Fattah, and former Congresswoman Schwartz. I especially want to acknowledge our great partners in the Labor unions, business and political communities, clergy and our citizens, who are eager to see Philadelphia on the national stage as the host city.
"We’re all delighted to make history again, here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection," Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said.
The New York Post reported on Thursday the DNC passed on the Big Apple because of the continuing corruption scandals currently plaguing New York:
Continuing corruption scandals in New York sank Mayor Bill de Blasio’s hopes of landing the 2016 Democratic presidential convention, according to party sources.
The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that it had selected Philadelphia over the Big Apple for the party’s quadrennial convention in July 2016.
The decision was a blow to de Blasio, who pulled out all the stops to try to land the nominating convention — from dangling the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn as a hip venue to naming a high-powered host committee that pledged to raise millions to cover the bill.
“You have all these corruption cases. Do we want trials breaking next year during the convention? How many more political indictments are going to be coming up in New York?
“Do we want Shelly Silver’s trial coming up around the time of the convention? Corruption was a real issue. God knows who will get indicted next," a national Democratic Party source said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement concerning his city being rejected by the DNC.
“New York City represents the future of America. We’re a city that’s working to lift up and unite every resident and ensure that all 8.4 million New Yorkers have the opportunity to succeed — not just the fortunate few. That core principle is what makes our City and our nation so great, and is why we fought so hard to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the five boroughs.
"Brooklyn is America’s greatest urban success story, which would have made it a great backdrop to nominate the next President of the United States. I’d like to thank the thousands of New Yorkers who lent their time, energy and resources to support our effort," de Blasio said.