Thursday, the DNC announced it was postponing the Democratic National Convention to the week of August 17. The convention was scheduled for July 13-16. The convention will still be held in Milwaukee.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

It’s unclear how many days the convention will run as planning remains in flux.

The announcement came in a news release Thursday from convention organizers.

“After a great deal of scenario planning and giving thought to how it is this event can have the greatest impact in the electoral process and the greatest impact in terms of what we can bring to Milwaukee, we felt the best decision, not knowing all the answers, was to delay this,” Democratic National Convention CEO Joe Solmonese told the Journal Sentinel.

“After checking with hotels and venues and Fiserv, we determined the week of August 17 was the best week to move it to,” he said.

“More than anything we continue to monitor the public health landscape,” Solmonese said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called the decision, “absolutely the right move.”

The move effectively sets off a logistical scramble to accommodate the thousands of delegates that will descend upon Milwaukee to nominate the Democratic ticket that will take on President Donald Trump in the fall.

The move was signaled  Wednesday by Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden who told Jimmy Fallon of the “The Tonight Show,” “I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July or early July. I think it’s going to have to move into August.”

Biden added: “We were able to … in the middle of a Civil War all the way through to World War II have Democratic and Republican conventions and primaries and elections and still have public safety. And we’re able to do both. But the fact is it may have to be different.”

Full DNC statement here:

Just yesterday, Mike blogged about the ramifications of pushing the DNC back, especially in an election year where they’re very likely to get walloped.

 

 
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