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Today, the Democratic National Committee announced that it will hold its 2016 convention here in Philadelphia.

In a video released on Facebook this morning, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the party’s chair, is shown walking to an office break room refrigerator. As she opens the door, she pulls out a cheesesteak. Then, the camera pans in on the bumper stickers outside the fridge. Those bumper stickers all note past host cities of the convention. Then, Schultz is seen slapping a Philadelphia sticker on the door.

The city’s convention bid site is still up and running and has facts about why Philadelphia is the right choice for the party of Obama and Clinton. It appears the party agreed with that assessment.

The last major political convention held here was the 2000 Republican National Committee convention, in which George W. Bush was nominated for president. That four-day confab raised over $63 million for the GOP. Presumably, Philadelphia will raise even more for the Democrats, given that the city’s a staunch blue urban center, with Dems outnumbering Republicans eight to one.

The city worked hard for the convention, and despite some people bleating about how it might not be in Philly’s best interest, the convention will certainly be an economic boon to the city and to Democrats.

More than that, though, is that this choice by Democrats is yet another feather in William Penn’s cap.

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Josh Kruger is an award-winning writer and commentator in Philadelphia. His @PhillyWeekly column, “The Uncomfortable Whole,” took the 2014 First Place Spotlight Award for weekly newspaper commentary from the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2014 Second Place Award for weekly newspaper commentary in the United States and Canada from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. In 2015, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association presented him with the Edith Hughes Emerging Journalist Award. Along with his column, Josh blogs daily for PW on various topics including queer culture and news, mass transit, politics, crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, civil liberties, activism, media and everything else Philly.

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