“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts,” New York congressman Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told the Reuters Washington Summit on Tuesday.
Israel emphasized that Democratic President Barack Obama’s poll ratings – which have hovered around 50 percent – have little to do with his stance.
“I don’t care if the president was at 122 percent favorability right now,” he said. “I think (candidates) should be in their districts,” rather than spend time at the convention, which will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6.
The number of Democrats in office or running for office who have announced they will skip the convention just keeps growing — the Romney campaign crowed in a press release today that “Dozen Dem Defectors Ditch DNC” — and Israel seems to be trying to make this about the need to campaign in one’s district, not about President Obama’s unpopularity in certain parts of the country.