McCaskill isn’t the first Democrat to announce plans to skip the national convention, as three lawmakers from West Virginia alone have decided to stay home.
Gov. Earl Ray Tombin, Rep. Nick Rahall and Sen. Joe Manchin, who famously used firearms to express his displeasure with Obama’s policies, all will avoid the convention. Their state is well-known for being hostile to the president, with 41% of voters supporting a convicted felon from Texas over Obama during this year’s Democratic primary. And all three are notably up for reelection this year.
Manchin, in a statement released after his announcement, said:“I intend to spend this fall focused on the people of West Virginia,” an explanation echoed by Tombin and Rahall.
And Rep. Mark Critz (D-Penn.) announced earlier this month that he will avoid the gala as well, with campaign spokesman Mike Mikus telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that internal polling has found that Obama trailed rival Mitt Romney by double-digits in Critz’s district.
Traitors! Stand behind our comrade Barat Hussein Obama in his hour of need! Otherwise, what will he do for vacations next year? He won't be able to travel in such style and have Marine's saluting him. e just may be walking the streets of Chicago and having the unemployed throw cabbage.