Donald Trump bumps Buddy Dyer

Donald Trump and Buddy Dyer
Dyer reschedules his State of the City Address

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer‘s State of the City Address is being rescheduled because President Donald Trump decided to hold his re-election kickoff in Orlando on the same date.

Dyer’s office announced Wednesday the Democratic mayor is postponing his annual speech to June 24, from the originally-planned June 18, so that city workers do not have to deal with two major political events in downtown Orlando in one day.

Trump’s campaign announced last week it is planning a rally at Orlando’s Amway Center on the evening of June 18. It’s not just a rally; Trump’s campaign declared that it would be the official kick-off of his 2020 re-election campaign. The show will include Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump, and and Second Lady Karen Pence.

The date is nearly, but not precisely, four years since the June 16, 2015, “escalator entry” that Trump used to kickoff his successful 2016 election campaign.

For months, Dyer’s State of the City Address had been on the calendar for the late morning of June 18 at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, about four blocks from the Amway Center.

“Presidential visits require significant logistical support from the city of Orlando including traffic management and safety,” Dyer’s office stated in a news release issued Wednesday. “To allow city staff to focus on this large-scale event, we have rescheduled the State of the City for Monday, June 24th at 10:30 a.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].

One comment

  • Angela Wallace

    June 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I’m sorry but the Orange Moron knee this or someone in his criminal camp did and now it is a inconvenience to the Mayor and his camp not to mention the people of Orlando!! Per usual tRump and his criminal campaign doesn’t care!!

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