Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx on Friday defended his city as the site of the Democratic convention later this year, as chatter escalates that North Carolina is perhaps not the best location.
Complaints have grown in recent days after North Carolina voters passed a measure outlawing same-sex marriage, including a high-profile online petition suggesting that Democrats move the convention elsewhere. While that is not likely practical, it isn't helping the image of the city, the state or the party.
“Look, the Democratic Party has already said the convention is staying in Charlotte, and frankly if we had a referendum on every single issue that people disagree on, we wouldn't have a convention,” Foxx said on CNN's Starting Point on Friday. “Charlotte is a great place for the convention.”
Almost 30,000 people have so far signed the petition, which is being pushed by a New York group called Gay Marriage USA.