Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Um, DNC host committee? It's not 'Panthers Stadium'

Some possible convention silliness: Politico's Maggie Haberman notes this morning that the Democratic National Convention host committee seems to be confused about the place where the Carolina Panthers play their football.

Haberman says:

A recent email from the host committee signed by former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile urged people to win a trip to Charlotte for the event, which will wrap "Thursday night at Panthers Stadium with President Obama."

Another email in June made the same pitch about the stadium.

Haberman wonders if there's a political statement going on here. National Democrats, she says, have been touting their stand against taking political money for the convention. Could the snub of Bank of America stadium be intentional?

We hope not, and we doubt it. The boasting about corporate-free money has come mostly from the Democratic National Convention Committee, in part because the host committee has raised millions of dollars of corporate money to pay for an array of expenses. Plus, the host committee's executive director is a CEO - Dan Murrey, on leave from OrthoCarolina - and the co-chairs of the committee are Duke executive Jim Rogers and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. All three know better than to take a slap at a corporate neighbor. We'll write this one off as sloppiness.

P.S. - The host committee's official name? It's the Charlotte in 2012 host committee

Peter St. Onge


Karl said...

Jerry Richardson ought to call these idiots up and tell them that if they don't call the stadium by its proper name -- "Bank of America Stadium" -- then they can't use it.

Jillian Mullen said...

There are bigger things in life to worry about than calling it the wrong name (which plenty of people do).

704Champ said...

Someone make sure to tell them they aren't allowed to stand up in BofA Stadium, or someone will call an usher to have them escorted out for being an unruly fan.

mcgeex said...

Perhaps it is just their way of letting their national audience know this is the stadium where the NFL Panthers play. Many people nationally do not know that the Carolina Panthers play in Charlotte. "B of A" Stadium, although correct, doesn't describe the stadium's use. Referring to it as "Panthers' Stadium" helps connect the dots.

Garth Vader said...

Guess the prez doesn't want to remind voters of the millions of dollars he took from the bankster criminals who are foreclosing on their houses.

John said...


All that needs to be said.

Those making excuses... nice try, we laugh at you too!

J said...

I don't think it's intentional. It's just ignorance. It's the same kind of ignorance that causes people to write nonsense like "its to hot outside" and "who has the best barbeque in the Carolina's" - you know, the kind of ignorance one can only acquire by sleeping all the way through elementary school as a result have no grasp of basic grammar. Or the ignorance that caused Larry Brown's wife to say that her husband was an NBA coach who coached the team in Charlotte, South Carolina while he was coach of the Bobcats.

@ 704Champ - don't forget that in addition to not standing up, they're not allowed to cheer loudly either.

Garth Vader said...

@J The reason they don't cheer loudly is that the team stinks.

burtshabby said...

If you are naive enough to think its an accident, count how many more times it will happen and from all the different sources. No accident.

Obama dogged BofA at every opportunity when he took office. Not Wells Fargo. Not JP Morgan. Not the banking industry in general. Bank of America.

Referring to it as Bank of America stadium shows hypocracy since Obama has spent plenty of time painting the bank as whats wrong with corporate America and greed; however, its a perfect place for him to accept the Dem nomination.

Dems will refer to it as the Belk Bowl facility or even the former Meineke Bowl facility but not BofA stadium. Never.

Skippy said...

Intentionally done, on purpose, no way around it.. Just like the lied about reducing the convention from 4 days to 3 days..

Richard Johnson said...
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Richard Johnson said...

I say "If I don't see Carolina Panthers Football on Thursday, I see no Barack Obama any other day following for four years!"

777seven said...

Sounds Better to say Panther's Stadium anyhow. Bank of America Stadium, Bojangles Colosseum, Time Warner Cable Arena - People of Charlotte don't call them by their paid names. We say "Panther's Stadium" "Charlotte Colosseum" or "Independence Arena" and "Bobcat's Arena"

Jonathan said...

Well, billionaire bank of America heir CD Spangler did throw GW Bush a fundraiser at his house. Why did a prominent democrat help a GOP candidate? The dirty secret the national press will not tell is about the democrats in finance in Charlotte, NC.

Skippy said...

It just keep getting better and better:

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says Democratic members should stay home and campaign in their districts rather than go to the party’s national convention in North Carolina.

“I’m not encouraging anyone to go to the convention, having nothing to do with anything except I think they should stay home, campaign in their districts, use their financial and political resources to help them win their election,” Pelosi said in an exclusive interview for POLITICO Live’s “On Congress,” a new weekly show to be streamed live on POLITICO’s website and broadcast on NewsChannel 8 on Wednesdays.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78653.html#ixzz2104TDk00