August 2nd, 2010
12:03 PM ET
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Some top Georgia Democrats to miss Obama at DNC fundraiser

 Some top Georgia Democrats will not attend Monday’s DNC fundraiser with President Obama.
Some top Georgia Democrats will not attend Monday’s DNC fundraiser with President Obama.

(CNN) – Upon arriving in Georgia Monday, President Obama was greeted by the state's Republican governor Sonny Perdue. But the Democrat who hopes to succeed the term-limited Perdue will not be attending a party fundraiser in Atlanta headlined by the president.

The Democratic National Committee fundraiser is scheduled to be held Monday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta. A party source tells CNN that some 200 local supporters are expected to attend, with tickets starting at $1,000. The event is expected to raise around $500,000 for the party.

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, will not attend the fundraiser. Barnes, who easily captured last month's primary, is scheduled to campaign Monday in middle and south Georgia, according to his spokesman.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Democratic Attorney General nominee Ken Hodges, who will be in Albany, Georgia working on a case for his law firm, won't attend the fundraiser. The newspaper also reports that Democratic congressmen Jim Marshall, John Barrow, and Hank Johnson are not attending for various reasons.

According to a pool report, Rep. John Lewis greeted the president as he arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in suburban Atlanta, as did fellow Georgia Democratic congressmen Sanford Bishop and David Scott. Lewis and Bishop are attending the fundraiser, as is Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

The most recent polling indicates that a majority of Georgia voters disapprove of how Obama is handling his duties as president. Sen. John McCain won the state by five points over Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

Asked about the fundraiser on the flight down to Georgia, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton acknowledged that Barnes would not attend but told reporters aboard Air Force One that "there will be some prominent Democrats" attending.

Last week the president was the main attraction at two DNC fundraisers in New York City and two in the nation's capital. On Wednesday, Obama is the main attraction in Chicago at a bash for his birthday, which doubles as a party fundraiser.

As of the end of June, the DNC had nearly $11 million cash on hand, with nearly $3.9 million debt. At the same point, the Republican National Committee reported $10.9 million in the bank, with just over $2 million in debt.

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(Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET)


Filed under: 2010 • DNC • Georgia • President Obama
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. tom

    why get too close? it may rub off on you. the candidate has a point, don't confuse me with that clown.

    August 2, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    It's called disassociation. Smart move on the dems part.

    August 2, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. sister of a soldier

    Can't the citizens demand our president stop using our tax dollars to fly himself, staff and protection around the country for non state matters? If everyone is suffering so much, use those exhorbitant expeditures to feed the homeless! He is shameless.

    August 2, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Shame on Americans for believing the lies of the Fox Hate machine. Stupid Americans don't deserve a President as good as Obama, they deserve more Bush, and the total collapse and destruction of the country that will soon follow.

    August 2, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That won't matter much.......Obama may raise money, but he won't get anyone elected.......quite the contrary.......he is likely to guarantee the Dems loose.

    August 2, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Angus McDugan

    Hmmmmm...... Rats jumping the ship before it sinks?

    August 2, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. CHUCK

    Why go down to help out. It seems like Barnes and Hodges have other things to do.

    August 2, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. thor

    It's very funny to see so many dems running to get as far away as possible from Obama but they don't mind taking the money that's raised through these events. !!!

    August 2, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Simon/Orlando

    As far as Democrats are concerned, Obama is the kiss of death or their campaigns.

    August 2, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Ray

    Run for the hills Obambi is toxic. Thats what Democrats do best these days is run and hide from their constituents. Being up front and honest won't get them elected.

    August 2, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    No campaigning Democrat should be seen within 100 yards of Obama until Christmas.

    August 2, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Angus McDugan

    How many hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars did Obama spend to raise $500K for the democrats? It ain't cheap to fly the President around on Air Force 1.

    August 2, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Democrats are already distancing themselves from this president.

    August 2, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Haren

    I hope this stupid democrats are not doing same mistake which Gore did for not using Bill clinton for compaigning in 2000 election.

    August 2, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. chill

    Talk about a lack of cojones. They'll gladly take the money he's raising as long as they don't have to get within 100 miles.

    August 2, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. malabar

    Bill white wont b seen with him either. i dont c y, Gov. Perry is gona wipe the floor with him. if ur gona lose, u may as well do it with dignity and show solidarity with d leadr of ur party. cowards in the wrong always run n hide

    August 2, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair August 2nd, 2010 12:09 pm ET

    It's called disassociation. Smart move on the dems part.
    -------------------------------–

    There's a great deal of disassociation going on, particularly in the southern part of the country. Specifically: dissasociation from REALITY. The reality of the matter is that it was THIS President that averted a total economic meltdown. It was THIS President that gave the USA Healthcare reform, Wall Street Reform, Equal Pay for women, lower taxes, $20Billion for the Gulf States, and who saved the auto industry, amongst many of his accomplishments. Yet there is an undegrowth of Southern folks, and politicians who prefer the STATUS QUO of our "suicidal years" (cir. 2000-2008). I don't know how "smart a move" this would be considered.

    Disassociation or disconnect from reality indeed, all of which are conveniently tucked aside when there is a check to be cashed. Oh, then watch the greedy hands come out!

    August 2, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Monty

    If the Republicans will stop complaining about any and everything maybe the Prez will stop helping his part. What is wrong with this picture. Nothing. Bush didn't have sense enough to care about his party as long as it didn't concern him and what he was doing. He did nothing except take vacations to the ranch and sign policies that supported the rich and not the poor. So people at least Obama is making good use of himself. If you care to listen this man has more ideas and ways to help us than hurt us, but the people who would like to bring him down is the the only people that is complaining about him.

    I say keep up the good work and please let people know that you have a voice and is trying to help this country.

    August 2, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    Donkey Party August 2nd, 2010 12:13 pm ET

    Shame on Americans for believing the lies of the Fox Hate machine. Stupid Americans don't deserve a President as good as Obama, they deserve more Bush, and the total collapse and destruction of the country that will soon follow.
    -------------
    So, if I disagee with your view point, then I am stupid? If I watch what you don't, I am stupid? The name calling needs to end! Last time I checked this was STILL America and differing view points were STILL welcome. You expressed your opinion and I just expressed mine! ! You may want a STEPFORD America where everybody is a liberal! THAT would be stupid!

    August 2, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Leslie

    The Democratic party has got to get a back bone and stand up for the average American and support our President! I'm afraid they are being persuaded to follow the money hungry bigots!

    August 2, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Feed up

    Who is running the country, every day it is a new trip. Does he ever stay in DC lond enough to lead or is he just running from the problems

    August 2, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Samantha

    This is why Obama need to keep appearing on television with such venues as the McCartney performance at the White House, as a guest on the gossip show, "The View" and similar nonsense entertainment.

    Obama is not wanted by his own party members hoping to be re-elected or elected, hence he has to appear with celebrities and at all kinds of parties and in endless speeches and silly events.

    I think Obama should take himself off the tube and do his job like getting the Gulf cleaned up and making sure it doesn't happen again and finding a real strategy for Afghanistan and make sure that Iraq doesn't backslide into chaos again once we change our mission. Maybe then, his party members (and voters) will want him at their side and better yet, in his seat at the White House after 2012.

    August 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Split up and cover as much ground as possible, makes sense to me.

    August 2, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. vwrtb

    Dems in Georgia are really republicans... Let's not kid ourselves... Most hillbillys in the south disapprove of reading too...

    August 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. BeverlyNC

    So what? This was a quickly planned trip and real leaders do real work and have actual schedule conflicts. This has NOTHING to do with President Obama so not let's make this ridiculous tabloid-intended story the nothing it is.

    Of course the GOP governor had time to show up – Republicans do NOTHING for ther People they represent. They just criticize, lie, spread hate and fear, promote racism, use Fox to tell false and made–up stories and the media jumps on these stupid controversial stories.

    CNN- I thought you were first in REAL and FACTUAL news. Stop printing Republican statements designed for sensationalim and print the real news – LIKE- how President Obama and the Democrats have passed more than 200 new laws that all were designed to help and bring relief to the American People. Where are the stories on how President Obama has tamed the crisis in N Korea, Iran, and has Pakistan working with us to kill Al Qaeda leaders? Where were the stories when the US took out all the top Taliban leadership in raids in Afghanistan in one night? Where are the respectful stories on the successes and leadership our President is delivering?

    Republicans are losers and desperate for ANY media coverage. Why are you giving it to these haters of America? Are they playing you for fools too?

    August 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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