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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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)

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. JES

    That might be plus for the DEM's.

    August 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Timothy McVeigh would have been a teabag leader today

    Poor Georgia,still stuck in the eighteenth century.

    August 2, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Elliott

    I love this country. Do any of us realize how lucky we are to even have the opportunity to discuss these issues?only in America! no matter whether you're a republican or a democrat, you've got to love this country. God Bless USA! Yes I am a democrat, but i appreciate the views of the other side too. We are all in this together.

    August 2, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. James klimaski

    Running away from Obama will not get them any votes. On the contrary, it will cost them the election. I have yet to hear any Republican voter or Tea Partier say "I don't like your top guy, but I'll vote for you.
    Barnes and company should energize their base. This is an off year election and motivation is very important. No one is going to drif in to vote. They will go to the polls to express their strong feelings for their candidate on the ballot,.

    August 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Baby Boomer

    So all of you saying this was a waste of money, his address at the DAV (Disable American Veterans) in Atlanta didn't matter and wasn't worth the trip. I see. Veterans only matter in your states. As for Roy Barnes, I voted for him in the primary. Now not so sure he will get my vote in the midterms and frankly, I don't think he can win if he loses the AA vote in ATL. He should have been there. The President rarely comes to GA (and other southern states) anyway. Frankly, after this, I wouldn't blame him if he never came back.

    August 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. rdepontb

    Who cares-if they can stretch out their resources-top Dems-why not do it? Why over-expose themselves by all showing up at the same dinner??

    Goes to show-there are always a bunch of different perspectives on events.

    August 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. silvertop

    I cant believe I am seeing comments from astute observers so far, except one. The best defense for Obama this person can come up with is, again, call people stupid, blame Fox and Bush.

    August 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Living in America

    Mr. President doesn't care but they will be all up in his face to fix things when they go wrong. Ask Jindal of New Orleans.

    August 2, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. independent

    I would be there if I could afford it.
    Great President. Terrific administration.
    TIme will be the test.

    August 2, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Fed Up with Blue Dogs

    President Obama was ok in 2008 because they rode his coattails to victory. Why don't they just run as republicans. I will not vote for any Democrat that ignores our President.

    August 2, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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