Mayor declines DNC, cites infrastructure issues

Mayor declines DNC, cites infrastructure issues

Mayor declines DNC, cites infrastructure issues

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 2:47 PM

AUSTIN -- Mayor Lee Leffingwell said Wednesday that the Democratic National Convention will not be taking place in Austin due to infrastructure limitations.

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee recently reached out to Mayor Leffingwell for him to lead the charge and host the event in 2016.

Leffingwell spoke Wednesday afternoon and  tweeted Wednesday that he declined the offer.

He stated that while Austin would be able to meet requirements for public safety, technology and hotel stays for those attending the convention, the facility size requirements wouldn't be met.

He also stated that Austin has "a lack of a public transit system that can accommodate guests."

Charlotte, North Carolina hosted the DNC in 2012. Mayor Leffingwell mentioned on Twitter that while Charlotte is smaller than Austin, it has an urban rail system.

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