WASHINGTON — We don’t yet know how Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s aspirations for the GOP’s presidential nomination will end, with the nomination or without, but we now know where they’ll end.
The Republican Party’s 2012 convention will be held the week of August 27 in Tampa, Fla., according to multiple reports.
Tampa was selected over Phoenix and Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Tribune says their city wasn’t expected to win, and is instead seriously eyeing 2016. Arizona’s capital city reportedly faced concerns over how hot it gets there in August as well as the heat the GOP would take for that selection, given the state’s new immigration enforcement law.
Of course, having lived in Florida for most of my childhood I should probably note that Tampa, while an incredibly fun city to visit, carries with it a bit of risk for convention planners — one that they can’t really prevent but will only hope to avoid.
August, you see, is smack-dab in the middle of hurricane season.