As President Obama prepares to campaign through Virginia, it appears VA Democrats aren’t too pleased the President is making yet another trip to the Old Dominion.
Virginia Democrats Are Running Away From The President. President Obama arrives in Virginia on his bus tour today, just as some Democratic candidates for the state legislature are running away from him. (The New York Times, 10/18/11)
Prominent VA Democrats Asked That President Obama Alter His Schedule and Not Come To Their Districts. The White House had considered stops in Danville, Newport News, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. But prominent Democrats in Virginia — where Obama’s approval rating hovers around 50 percent — encouraged the White House to alter the schedule so he would no longer visit districts where members of his party were involved in tight races. (The Washington Post, 10/18/11)
Even In Supposedly Blue Northern Virginia, Democrats Are Speaking Out Against President Obama. Three years ago, Democrats in Virginia couldn’t get enough of Barack Obama — a popular, transformational figure running for his first term as president. But as Obama arrives in Virginia Tuesday for a two-day swing to promote parts of his jobs plan, some Democrats are distancing themselves from him — even in supposedly blue Northern Virginia. ... “He’s frustrating me, just like he’s frustrating others out there,’’ said Sen. Linda T. “Toddy” Puller ... (The Washington Post, 10/18/11)
Not Even President Obama’s Hand Picked Former DNC Chair Tim Kaine Will Appear With The President. Don't look for Democrats in fiercely contested Virginia legislative elections to join President Barack Obama as he brings his campaign-style American Jobs Act bus tour to three cities there. For that matter, don't expect Tim Kaine, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and Virginia's governor two years ago, to join his old ally either. (The Associated Press, 10/18/11)
And Some VA Democrats Are Even Refusing To Endorse The President. Less than a month before critical legislative elections, several Democratic legislators say they have reservations about the president and will not commit to supporting him next year. At least one longtime state senator has announced he will not vote for Obama in 2012. ... In an interview with The Washington Post, Armstrong declined to say whether he would support Obama next year. ... Sen. William Roscoe Reynolds (D-Franklin), Sen. R. Edward Houck (D- Spotsylvania), Barker and Puller also declined to say if they would vote for Obama next year. (The Washington Post, 10/18/11)