Earlier this week, Mayor Anthony Foxx and Duke Energy's CEO participated in a moderated conversation at the Levine Museum of the New South about the Democratic National Committee's Convention, which will be held in Charlotte in the fall of 2012.
Charlotte magazine's editor was there, and he offered his thoughts on the chat on his blog, Trade & Tryon.
Here's a snippet, but the whole post is worth reading if you're in DNC-watch mode:
Foxx looked more comfortable than Ive ever seen him look. Hes really grown into the mayors role. Early in his tenure, I thought he often looked a little stiff, with forced smiles and frequent nonanswers. But this morning he was relaxed, candid, funny, thoughtful. At times, Rogerswho layered almost all of his answers with a pronounced strain of boosterismsounded like more of a politician that Foxx did.
That said about Rogers, this morning was the first time that Ive heard someone involved with Charlottes DNC effort directly criticize the job Denver did with the 2008 DNC. (Doesnt mean it hasnt happened; I just havent heard it if it has.) Rogers was there, and he called it a bad experience. I thought I saw a couple members of the local DNC media relations scribbling some notes after that remark.
Rogers is the moneyman for the convention. It appears as if the fundraising strategy will be to hit corporate donors to support the local committee, and target individuals for the national effort. In fact, the Democratic Party has committed to not accept money from corporations or political action committees, and it has capped individual donations at $100,000. It needs to raise $36 million. I think Rogers and his team will focus on large donors across the country and try to raise that sum with as few people as possible. Though Rogers did make the point that he hopes thousands of people in Charlotte contributeany amountbecause he thinks its important to have broad support.
Read the entire post, by Richard Thurmond, here.