Jumping Ship: Three Prominent West Virginia Democrats Will Not Attend National Convention
In West Virginia’s presidential primary, 41 percent of Democrats voted for convicted felon, Keith Judd, over President Barack Obama, and, yesterday, three of the state’s most prominent Democrats announced they would not be attending the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, according to CBS News.
Senator Joe Manchin, who has said he was not sure if he would even vote for Obama in November, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and Rep. Nick Rahall want nothing to do with Obama and his liberal policies that are unpopular among blue collar voters Appalachia.
"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. “I will remain focused on bringing people together for the next generation, not the next election."
If Obama becomes even more unpopular leading up to the convention, one can only wonder how many other moderate Democrats, for self-preservation, will think about not being anywhere near Obama as the convention date approaches.