GOP Struggles in Big City Politics

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New York City. New York City. (Andrew Anderson/flickr)

It’s almost November and mayoral races are heating up across the country, but the future isn’t so bright for GOP leadership in big cities. In fact, on a list of the U.S.’s largest cities you have to go down to number 13, Indianapolis, before you find the first Republican mayor.

Joining The Takeaway to explain the impact this urban GOP mayoral void has on national politics is Mayor Scott Smith, Republican mayor of Mesa, Arizona and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Weighing in on the shifting demographics of big cities nationwide is Sarah Burd-Sharps, co-director of Measure of America.


Sarah Burd-Sharps and Mayor Scott Smith

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


Gianna Palmer

Comments [1]


Republicans could re-take the mantle of fiscal conservatism, but to do so, they would have to stop "corporate welfare" - the giving away of taxpayer money to corporate business. As Warren Buffet has said, he doesnt like but would be negligent to his shareholders if he didnt when it was avaialble. So his energy utility gets millions in subsidies. Why? What happened to free enterpise and profiting from goods, service, and businesses simply beating the competition?

Oct. 30 2013 03:34 PM

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