Democrats Snub Convention
It appears like the Democratic Convention has become toxic. Add Senator McCaskill to the list of prominent Democrats who rather stay home than go to North Carolina for the festivities. And there’s more:
The senator joins North Dakota senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp – whose spokesperson said she will spend the time campaigning – and a handful of other vulnerable Democrats avoiding the president’s official nomination.
Earlier this month, the West Virginia Democratic Party announced three Democrats — Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall — aren’t planning on joining West Virginia’s delegation. The president is notoriously unpopular in the state, as evidenced by the West Virginia primary earlier this year in which he lost 41 percent of the vote to a convicted felon.
Additionally, New York Reps. Kathy Hochul and Bill Owens recently told The Daily they’re skipping the event.
The officials reasons all seem to be some form of variation of ‘My time is better spent on the campaign-trail’. But for Democrats from states like West Virginia they surely also consider it a bonus to not have to be seen with President Obama.
Has President Obama become toxic? Quite, and more so for Democrats that are fighting for political survival in purple states.