Cleveland convention team hopeful after RNC meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and a team of business and civic leaders had one hour to make the case for Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Jackson said it was mission accomplished.

The team did its best to persuade the convention site committee that Cleveland has the funding, facilities, hotel rooms and transportation and is a delegate-friendly city to make for a great convention.

The delegation included: Positively Cleveland's David Gilbert; Sherwin Williams CEO and Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman Chris Connor; the Downtown Cleveland Alliance's Joe Marinucci; RTA's Joe Calabrese; Republican Party of Cuyahoga County Chairman Rob Frost; Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans President Len Komoroski and Korhman Jackson lawyer Jon Pinney, who's heading the host committee.

Also attending was former Congressman Steve LaTourette, who said he was an "adviser." There was also a strategic phone call from Jim Haslam, father of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

Cleveland was the last of five cities presenting Monday.

"It's best to be the clean-up hitter," Connor said.

Dallas, Las Vegas and Cincinnati will give their pitches March 21.

Jackson claimed that the city has improved its proposal from its prior convention entries.

The RNC has created a poll that will play a part in the selection process. To cast your vote for Cleveland, vote here:


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