List Democrats Skipping National Convention Hits Nine UPDATE: Ten
Here’s the list of Democrat members of Congress/governors who have confirmed that they won’t be attending their party’s national convention with Barack Obama:
Rep. Bill Owens, New York
Rep. Kathy Hochul, New York
Rep. Mark Critz, Pennsylvania
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia
Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia
Rep. Nick Rahall, West Virginia
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri
Sen. Jon Tester, Montana
The latest addition? Rep. John Barrow from Georgia:
WASHINGTON — Augusta U.S. Rep. John Barrow will skip the Democratic National Convention in September, adding to a growing list of Democrats distancing themselves from the national party’s major quadrennial get-together.
Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo said Tuesday that Barrow is not going to Charlotte because he is “planning a number of events throughout [the] district during that time.”
Barrow is in his fourth term and faces a difficult re-election test in a district newly redrawn to lean Republican. He moved from Savannah to Augusta this year to remain in the reshaped 12th District.
Democrats are quick to express confidence about 2012, but actions speak louder than words.
Update: Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp’s announcement today grows the list to ten.Tags: Barack Obama, convention, democrats