OddlyEnough™: Manchin, Tomblin, Rahall to Skip Democrats National Convention
A trio of West Virginia Democrats will not attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC to formally re-nominate President Obama this summer.
Senator Joe Manchin , Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and Congressman Nick Rahall do not plan to attend the convention, according to state party chairman Larry Puccio, who released the state’s convention delegation list yesterday in accordance with party rules.
West Virginia’s senior senator, Jay Rockefeller, will attend the state party.
Is it because in West Virginia, on May 08, 2012 presidential primary a federal inmate won over 40% of the vote against Obama?
Manchin in particular has sought distance from the president.
In April, Manchin said he was not committed to supporting Obama’s re-election.
“I intend to spend this fall focused on the people of West Virginia, whether that’s representing them in my official U.S. Senate duties or here at home, where I can hear about their concerns and ideas to solve the problems of this great nation,“ Manchin said in a statement regarding his decision to skip the convention. “I will remain focused on bringing people together for the next generation, not the next election.“
Rahall’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.