Sheinkopf said with or without the convention New York City is a “power place no matter what,” but it will add “prestige to the mayor and adds to the city’s coffers,” as well as a likely political bump for de Blasio if all goes smoothly.
“He can run for re-election and say, ‘Look what I did for New York,’” Sheinkopf said, adding that the money it will bring in is something de Blasio can also run on, saying a successful convention, especially a financially successful one could be an “overriding argument” for re-election.
New York is up against Birmingham, Alabama; Columbus, Ohio; Phoenix, and Philadelphia, where the 15 member DNC team led by DNC CEO Amy Dacey are now scouting. Philadelphia is thought to have an edge because it’s still viewed as a swing state, where conventions are traditionally held.
A decision from the Democratic National Committee is expected in late 2014 or early 2015.