GOP Delays Choice of Convention Site

From a Times Staff Writer

The Republican Party committee in charge of selecting a site for the 1988 GOP National Convention has postponed making its final recommendation from December to January, 1987, to help resolve "technical" problems with the competing cities, including Los Angeles, GOP National Chairman Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. said Wednesday.

Under the new schedule, the site selection panel of the Republican National Committee will meet in December to select three of the 10 cities being considered as semifinalists. After further study, the site selection group will recommend one of the three to the Republican National Committee at its Jan. 23 meeting.

An aide to Fahrenkopf said the delay was caused by various logistical problems, such as a shortage of hotel rooms, lack of sufficient seats in the convention hall or, in the case of Los Angeles, uncertainity over whether the downtown Convention Center would be available far enough in advance to permit the GOP to adequately prepare for the August convention.

Cities bidding for the convention besides Los Angeles are Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle and St. Louis.

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