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Politico calls Milwaukee odds-on favorite for Democratic National Convention

Posted at 5:03 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 19:07:22-05

A national news agency calls Milwaukee the front-runner to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention over Miami Beach and Houston.

The official decision is expected within the next few weeks, but Politico is reporting Milwaukee is the odds-on favorite.

Just like Politico, a Milwaukee public relations expert claims sources "well connected" with the DNC selection process are saying all signs point to Milwaukee.

"I think it's just a matter of crossing the t's and dotting the i's," veteran public relations adviser Evan Zeppos said.

Zeppos said he's never been more confident that Milwaukee will host the coveted Democratic National Convention.

"My sources are still so strong on this thing, even more reason now to believe it's going to come true," Zeppos said.

Politico, a Washington news agency, agrees. Politico cites sources close to the DNC selection committee as Milwaukee being the odds-on favorite for a number of reasons: ideal summer weather, a brand-new arena and DNC Chairman Tom Perez's personal ties to the area. He was married in Milwaukee, and his wife is from Wauwatosa.

Ultimately, Zeppos believes it comes down to winning Wisconsin.

"I think Democrats are very focused on those key Midwest battleground states," he said. "Wisconsin is one of those crown jewels in it."

If Milwaukee earns the bid, hosting the event could cost $50 million to $70 million. Mayor Tom Barrett has said he doesn't want taxpayers to foot the bill. As Rich Kirchen with the Milwaukee Business Journal reports, that means calling on private donors.

"I think Democrats are very focused on those key Midwest battleground states. Wisconsin is one of those crown jewels in it." — Evan Zeppos, veteran public relations adviser

The two leaders behind Milwaukee's bid, Barrett and Alex Lasry with the Milwaukee Bucks, declined to comment as the final decision approaches.

"Really, to raise that kind of money, they're going to have to look around across the country," he said.