Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings told CNBC Tuesday he was disappointed his city wasn't selected, but was not entirely surprised by Amazon's choice.
"I do believe there was an East Coast bias at the top level of the organization, which is fine," Rawlings said in a phone interview. He said that Amazon's priorities likely evolved throughout the process and the desire to be near the political and media magnates of New York and D.C. "became a higher priority than the benefits that a Dallas provide."
"Any time a company takes a year to make a decision, and this was an important decision, they're going to change their levels of importance through that process, that's just natural," Rawlings said. "I don't believe that people at the beginning of this process said, 'we're going to be in the East Coast' because I believe Amazon people are good people and would not have put the country through this if this was the case."