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February 12, 2015- The Post reports, “Continuing corruption scandals in New York sank Mayor Bill de Blasio’s hopes of landing the 2016 Democratic presidential convention, according to party sources.
The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that it had selected Philadelphia over the Big Apple for the party’s quadrennial convention in July 2016.
The decision was a blow to de Blasio, who pulled out all the stops to try to land the nominating convention — from dangling the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn as a hip venue to naming a high-powered host committee that pledged to raise millions to cover the bill.
One national Democratic Party source said the mayor’s efforts were overshadowed by US Attorney Preet Bharara’s intensive crackdown on corrupt elected officials, including Democrats such as former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.”