DC Mayor to Promote Statehood During RNC

DC Mayoral Muriel Bowser
AP

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is heading to Cleveland, Ohio, Tuesday to promote D.C. statehood during the Republican National Convention, News4 has learned.

Bowser is scheduled to attend an event with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in addition to hosting meetings on D.C. statehood. Bowser, who appeared last week on MSNBC's Morning Joe, is also expected to do several radio interviews.

Bowser has led a revival this year of the city's statehood effort -- something she promised during her 2014 campaign for mayor.

A newly active statehood commission has held several public hearings this year and is planning to ask District voters to endorse statehood in November.

If Hillary Clinton wins the White House (and possibly the Senate), Bowser intends to ask Congress to grant statehood to the District under the so-called "Tennessee Plan."

However, if Donald Trump is elected, many believe the statehood effort will falter. The key reason: it won't be in the Republicans' interest to grant statehood to the District and create almost two certain Democratic senators.

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