Friday, May 15, 2015

After growing pains, GOP leaders say Cleveland's convention team is back on track

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Cleveland, like host cities before it, is working through some growing pains as it prepares for the Republican National Convention.

That much was clear here this week as GOP leaders held their spring meeting, a mix of politicking and planning that all will culminate at the big July 2016 event.

What's not clear is if the pains will run deeper than problems with reserving hotel rooms and an abrupt change in leadership atop Cleveland's Host Committee.

Publicly, Republicans say things are moving in the right direction. No one was willing to share concerns on the record. But several acknowledged that early frustrations must not fester if Cleveland is to deliver the can-do hospitality it promised.

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