WASHINGTON D.C.--This shapes up as an important week for Cleveland's convention chances on both the Republican and Democratic fronts.
On Monday, Mayor Frank Jackson led a team of Cleveland leaders to Democratic National Headquarters for a face-to-face discussion of the city's bid for the party's 2016 nominating event with a technical committee.
There was no advance publicity. Democrats are apparently taking a different approach than Republicans, who've put out advisories for their convention site selection events.
It was a fact-finding session. Information will go to party decision-makers.
Democratic Spokesperson Lily Adams said all six cities vying got one hour to make their case.
Birmingham, Alabama; Brooklyn, New York; Phoenix. Philadelphia and Columbus are Cleveland's rivals in the competition.
Democrats will decide whether to visit all or just some of the contenders.
On Wednesday, the Republican committee picking a site for its convention is meeting and may decide whether or not to reduce the number of cities it will negotiate with. Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City are in the hunt.
Republicans hope to announce a done deal with the city selected on Aug. 8.
Cleveland is the only city pursuing both conventions.
It might seem an awkward situation. But both parties are aware of the other's interest and both invited Cleveland to bid.
Commentators in rival cities compare it to proposing to two women at once, with both knowing it.
It means Cleveland's convention team is doing double-duty. But it also means the chances of the city's landing a big prize are twice as good.