Tuesday, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, her re-election bid in trouble, reportedly joined a growing list of high-profile Democrats choosing not to attend the Democratic National Convention.
McCaskill, who supported major Obama proposals such as his controversial health care bill, will abstain from the DNC’s coronation of Obama "because she believes it's important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters."
The Democrats' convention takes place Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte where President Barack Obama will formally receive his party's nomination at the event.
Some analysts contend the Missouri Democrat decided to shun her political party and President’s grandest bash due to fear that being associated with President Obama would further diminish her campaign for re-election, according to a Yahoo news report.
Three West Virginia Democratic lawmakers also recently stated they would not be attending Obama’s nomination.
"We all know the only reason they're refusing to attend the DNC Convention is they're afraid to tell the people of West Virginia who they support for President, and any attempt to suggest otherwise is political spin aimed at purposefully misleading the voters," Conrad Lucas, chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party said in a statement following the news that Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall would not be heading to the convention.
Adding to the list of hooky Democrats are Montana Sen. Jon Tester, Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Critz, and New York Reps. Kathy Hochul and Bill Owens, all sitting lawmakers who have announced they will not be going to the prime-time DNC event in Charlotte, North Carolina.
McCaskill, perceived as vulnerable by most analysts, was dogged by ethics problems for months after it was discovered she billed taxpayers almost $76,000 for official travel on the twin-engine Piper aircraft she co-owns with her husband and other investors. The Democrat returned the money after it was discovered, but some say the damage has been lasting.
Obama lost Missouri by less than 4,000 votes in 2008 but the president has not targeted Missouri as a battleground for his re-election. Rather than a clear swing state, most polls have put Missouri in presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s camp.
Rep. Todd Akin, businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman top the GOP field vying for McCaskill’s seat.