Photo of Mason Plumlee and Mayor de Blasio as Barclays Center hosts DNC
Brooklyn Nets sophomore center Mason Plumlee and Mayor de Blasio got a chance to meet on Monday when the Barclays Center hosted the Democratic National Committee’s Technical Advisory Group as part of the city’s bid to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Members of the DNC are being persuaded to pick Brooklyn for it’s location with tons of free gifts, including ipads, and food. They also got a tour of the Barclays Center by CEO Brett Yormark. Everyone got free Brooklyn Nets jerseys too. Members of the DNC couldn’t keep Plumlee, but he was part of the delegation.
“It was an honor to host the DNC members and show them Barclays Center’s unmatched capabilities to host the Democratic National Convention,” Brett Yormark said. “Brooklyn’s vibrant and diverse culture, along with the building’s design, customer service, Brooklyn Taste food program, technology, and accessibility, will provide a unique and best-in-class experience for the delegates and convention attendees.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Brooklyn Eagle’s Mary Frost:
State Senator Charles Schumer, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other city bigwigs kicked off the DNC’s two-day tour. Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for the convention to be staged at Barclay’s in 2016.
Members of the site-selection committee were met by the colorful Brooklyn United Marching Band, while the illuminated sign of Barclays, street flags and bollards all proclaimed the same message: “NYC 2016 DNC.”
Sen. Schumer, chief cheerleader and master of ceremonies, pointed out that New York City is the safest big city in America and the most diverse; that no place represents the country like Brooklyn, and that there is plenty of hotel space just a short drive or subway ride away.
One concern has been the need for outer-borough (read Manhattan) lodging and transportation.
“There’s more hotel space close to the convention center than any other city. It’s a canard to say there are no hotels,” Schumer said. “I sat in traffic in L.A., I sat in buses in Chicago, I tried to find my way through traffic in Charlotte.
He added the clincher: “Hillary Clinton wants it in Brooklyn.”
One thing that struck me as funny is that in the picture of Mason Plumlee and Mayor de Blasio, Plumlee is wearing a name tag to identify himself. Although, I wonder if Plumlee is even recognizable in North Carolina.