Steve Duprey’s political resume is long and diverse: member of the Republican National Committee, champion of the New Hampshire presidential primary, trusted adviser to Senator John McCain, and, this year, the guy who helps decide where the GOP will party down in the summer of 2016.
Duprey, a lawyer and real estate developer from Concord, N.H., is one of eight people elected by the RNC to vet potential sites for the next Republican national convention. They’ve spent most of June jetting from Cleveland to Kansas City, Mo., and Denver to Dallas, touring stadiums, hotels, art galleries, and restaurants in search of the best city to host the GOP’s massive quadrennial pep rally.
Duprey, who earned the nickname “Secretary of Fun” while traveling with McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008, enjoyed touring entertainment venues like the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Coors Field in Denver but said the committee considered serious issues, too. How many police officers will be needed to patrol the streets? Will there be dedicated bus lanes for delegates? How will the security perimeter change the flow of traffic?
“We take lots of notes,” Duprey said. “We have briefings. Then we ask more question.”
The list of variables goes on: How long does it take to get from the most far-flung hotel to the convention center, in terrible traffic? Will delegates have somewhere to take their children during the day? What if a bunch of staffers get hungry at 2 a.m.?
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