Because of continued concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic (and because Milwaukee and Wisconsin are considered hot spots, I imagine), presumed Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to appear at the Democratic National Convention.

Joe Biden won’t be traveling to Milwaukee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

And neither will any of the other speakers who will address the now mostly virtual convention.

Biden will accept the party’s presidential nomination from his home in Delaware.

In a statement, organizers said: “After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts — who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic — the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in order to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention’s production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event.

Well, that’s the final dark cloud in Milwaukee’s anticipated chance to show off on the national stage. Sounds like the convention center will be pretty much just an infrastructure support facility and staging center for the convention. A far cry from the 50,000 expected visitors and a huge financial influx for local vendors and hospitality businesses.

And a sad summer for the publisher of Blogging Blue who had hoped to cover the doings from the floor and press areas of the Fiserv Forum. sigh.

Biden’s campaign had previously said he intended to be at the convention.

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