Democratic National Committee Chairman Ronald H. Brown apparently is leaning toward New York as the site for the 1992 Democratic National Convention. "We're getting everything we asked for; it is a real appealing package," a DNC official said Friday of New York's offer. Brown is scheduled to announce his choice at a news conference Wednesday.
After visiting four cities, the party's site-selection committee narrowed the choice to New York and New Orleans. DNC officials said the financial packages offered by the two cities are comparable, although New York's Madison Square Garden is smaller than the Superdome in New Orleans.
Brown told DNC staff that he planned to review each city's final contract proposal over the weekend. He will meet Monday with staff and then inform New Orleans Mayor Sidney Barthelemy (D) and New York Mayor David N. Dinkins (D) of his choice.
New York, host to four Democratic conventions, most recently in 1976 and 1980, offers Democrats rich fund-raising prospects. DNC officials point out that Democrats in the city, New York state and the adjacent states of Connecticut and New Jersey are heavy contributors to the party.
New Orleans's propects were hurt when the Louisiana legislature recently passed the nation's most restrictive state abortion bill, even though Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer (D) vetoed the bill Friday. Women's groups, including the National Women's Political Caucus, asked Brown to eliminate New Orleans.
In addition, labor unions have indicated they have problems with New Orleans. There is only one union hotel in the city.
"New York is Brown's personal choice. It's where he grew up, and he is close to Dinkins," one Democrat said. "He thinks a convention in New York will make a great television picture."