Politicians, political experts weigh in on RNC in Milwaukee

NOW: Politicians, political experts weigh in on RNC in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- This Friday, Aug. 5, we'll likely know if the Republican National Convention will be coming to Milwaukee in 2024.

Political experts and leaders here in Wisconsin, are weighing in on that possibility, with Nashville ending their bid to have the convention.

Visit Milwaukee officials say this all but means tens of thousands of people will come to downtown Milwaukee to see who becomes the 2024 Republican presidential candidate.

"It's good for Milwaukee, it's good for making sure the restaurants and bars and hotels are filled," said Gov. Tony Evers.

"This is really an opportunity for the city to put on a show," said State Rep. Dan Knodl of the 24th District.

People on both sides of the aisle say the 2024 RNC in Milwaukee will be good for local businesses, political experts agree.

"Is it great for economic development? Yes!," said Kathy Dolan, a political science professor at UW-Milwaukee.

When we asked if hosting the convention could impact the outcome of the 2024 election in Wisconsin, a swing state, the answer wasn't as clear cut.

"Do we expect something different in Milwaukee as an outcome that wouldn't have happened if the convention wasn't here? We have no way of knowing," said Dolan.

Governor Tony Evers agrees.

"I believe if anything is going to move the needle it's doing the right thing and making sure you're accomplishing the things the people of Wisconsin want," said Evers.

For Rep. Knodl, a Republican, he said he hopes it draws in more big events.

"If the city of Milwaukee wants to present itself as a first-class city and a destination, you should be open minded," said Knodl.

CBS 58 called Mayor Cavalier Johnson's office Wednesday morning asking how he felt. Officials with his office said they're waiting to hear from the delegates this Friday.

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