Some Democrats to skip their convention
A monitor in Times Square projects Barack Obama accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
June 21st, 2012
03:43 PM ET
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Some Democrats to skip their convention

(CNN) - A growing list of Democrats in competitive districts and states will not attend this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The elected officials said they intend to spend the time with their constituents, especially given the four-day event's close proximity to Election Day.

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Rep. Mark Critz of Pennsylvania is up for election in November in a re-drawn competitive 12th Congressional District. In a statement, Critz said it is more important that he spend time in the district "listening to the people" instead of at the convention, scheduled to take place between September 3 and September 6.

"Since I was elected, my focus has been on creating jobs for people here rather than focusing on the agendas of the political parties in Washington and that will remain the case as long as I am serving in Congress," he said Thursday.

Two New York representatives made their plans clear this week as well. Rep. Kathy Hochul, who won a competitive four-candidate special election in 2011 to replace Republican Rep. Chris Lee after he resigned, said "I guarantee that my time will be better spent meeting the farmers, small business owners and other people who put me here."

Rep. Bill Owens also won a close special election in 2009 that received national attention to fill the House seat left vacant by Republican incumbent John McHugh.

His office said the congressman will spend the time working in his North County district.

These names were added to members of the West Virginia delegation who made their intentions clear earlier this week.

West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall earlier in said they will not attend the events.

Manchin, the conservative Democrat representing West Virginia who has distanced himself from the president in the past, said in a statement he will spend the fall "focused on the people of West Virginia, whether that's representing them in my official U.S. Senate duties or here at home" instead of on the next election.

The first-term Manchin won a special election in 2010 following the death of Sen. Robert Byrd and is now up for a full six-year term. He will face off this fall against Republican John Raese, who Manchin ran against in the 2010 special election.

Rahall's communications director said "Coming on the heels of Labor Day, Congressman Rahall prefers to spend that time in West Virginia with his constituents."

Sen. John McCain won West Virginia with 55.6% of the vote in 2008, and it went for former President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Successful Democrats in the state tend to be more conservative.

Representatives for the Democratic National Convention did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Four and the door....It's amazing how you have an answer for everything and know just w hat should be done all of the time. Imagine what you and the president could have accomplished if both parties had been working together for a sound America.!!....This is something that Obama was promised he wouldn't have on the very day he was inaugurated!!!! In all my years I have never seen a president treated like this and even before the other party had given him a chance to see what he stood for!!...."Four".....if you're so smart why don"t you get into politics and give the world a thrill??

    June 21, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Peikovianyi

    These Dems are jumping ship. The OWS riot outside the convention will distract the media from the disaster inside.

    June 22, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  3. RN0901

    I am a registered Republican, but I think politicians from both sides are just that......politicians. We all have our own agenda, and of course we think our ideology is far superior to the other guys. The name calling makes us sound highly sophisticated.

    Come election day, if Mr. Obama looses, it will not be because a few Democrats decided not to go to NC.

    June 22, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  4. steve

    Why go when it's just a big party? That money could be better spent elsewhere.

    June 22, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. I never post here but

    Obama did not win West Virginia in 2008. This is what passes for journalism nowadays?

    June 22, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. Puddin

    Democrats, "can't we just get along" and support each other? After all, there would be something in it for you also.

    June 22, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. KCRick

    This is all you need to know about this President and his four years of "accomplishments."

    June 22, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. Vidyashanti

    Democrats who are not loyal to the party,it principals and policies should be kicked out. They are self seeking opportunists.
    They bring discord and indiscipline in the party.

    June 22, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. qxp

    Len Smith says....made this country better than it was 4 years ago...that must mean you're just 4 years old or living well off of welfare and food stamps that tax paying citizens like myself are funding.

    June 22, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. snowdogg

    "At least someone in Washington is doing their job."

    Best laugh I've had today... but, it is early.

    June 22, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. db13

    obama+radical socialist-redistributionist-have everyone dept on gov-mr food stamps.

    romney 2012

    June 22, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Frank

    When a politician says they are creating jobs that is code speak that they are engaging in crony capitalism.

    June 22, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. Mikel Walker

    You know politics as usual..But when the president wins reelection they will be the first ones to ask him to stump for them. Loyalty there is none in politics and especially in the Democratic party.

    June 22, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Dave

    Makes sense to me. Why would you want to embarrass yourself with more deficits, debt and unemployment?

    June 22, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Peikovianyi

    Romney isn't Reagan, but Obama is close enough to being Jimmy Carter.

    June 22, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. paul

    You guys are lucky you are in a "diverse" party as if you were Republicans and made such a statement, you would be penalized by the RNC. Bottom line is if you want to be a Republican and work for the rich only then switch parties. If you want to stand by all people then stand up and say you are proud to be a Democrat.

    June 22, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    normajean @ verizon ,com
    Four and the door....It's amazing how you have an answer for everything and know just w hat should be done all of the time. ..."Four".....if you're so smart why don"t you get into politics and give the world a thrill??
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    I'm not so smart. But I do have a good education and have started a successful business and run it for 8 years. It's obvious at least to me it was a huge mistake putting a guy with Obama's qualifications and experience in charge of the federal government at such a critical time and it seems he continuously goes out of his way to prove it. On the other hand, it's amazing how perfectly qualified and ready for the challenges of America 2012 that Mitt Romney is. This is our opportunity as a nation to pull out of this funk and get on a path ahead that is good for all Americans in so many ways. I think enough people realize that now.

    June 22, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. sayer

    DINOs. Let's vote them out.

    June 22, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Critical Thinking

    There is an old political expression; the rats run from a sinking ship, in this case it's the S.S. Obama..

    It's time : BO MUST GO!

    June 22, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. vbscript2

    "Democrats who are not loyal to the party,it principals and policies should be kicked out. They are self seeking opportunists. They bring discord and indiscipline in the party."

    LOL – Yeah, don't you just hate when people try thinking for themselves instead of just voting however the party leaders tell them to vote? Feel free to kick all of the people who try to be centrists out of the Democratic party, though. They'll fit better in the Republican party, anyway.

    June 22, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Bob Ramos

    These guys are taking a very big unnecessary risk. If the Democrats win big enough not to need their votes in 11/2012, they will be able to do no good for their Districts; be moved to broom closests for offices; and be persona non grata at the WH.

    Either you are a Democrat or not.

    June 22, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Anonymous

    "...given the four-day event's close proximity to Election Day." It's two MONTHS – nine weeks, in front of it. In the UK, their last election date was announce three months before the election.

    June 22, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. spenteco

    Does it surprise anyone that a few more pols show us they are spineless? We are witnessing the worst bunch of no-governing cowards in U.S. history. When the Senate Minority so-called leader McConnell states it is his job to see the President fail and refuses to even attempt to work as American leaders should for the nation you get what we are experiencing currently. I recall that when Pres. Kennedy was elected, John Wayne, a Nixon supporter, commented that even though he did not vote for JFK, he was his President and he hoped he did a good job. What has become of that train of thought? Pres. Obama was opposed by the lil GOP from the get go. Policies they once advocated are now taboo. The stench of pure racism is so evident it requires no debate. They just can not accept the fact that he is superior to them, not only in the office of POTUS, but intellectually and morally. The President works for justice, the GOP works for themselves, the country be damned.

    June 22, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. joe

    Hopefuly the true loyal Americans that still care about the future of their children will be out in force this election and take our country back from brink of being totally turned into a socialist state that Obama keeps promising the dependents on government!! Pitty the fools that follow thse hollow promiises just so they don't have to get off their butts and contrubute to society, they rather have no self esteme and keep theirs hads held out so that their vote can be bought with social programs
    paid for by the people that still know how to be proud and self sufficient.

    June 22, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Brian G

    Those folks have every right to stay away from the Convention. Just like President Obama will have every right not to support these same folks when their elections come up.

    June 22, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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