West Virginia's top Democrats -- Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and US Rep. Nick Rahall -- are all skipping the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this fall. The party's standard bearer ain't too popular down there of course, and all three face reelection this year.
From the WV MetroNews:
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Congressman Nick Rahall, who all face reelection battles this November, have decided to skip the Democratic National Convention in September.
The decisions of the three to stay home come after increasing pressure from Republicans to declare whether or not they support President Obama for reelection. Rahall, who represents West Virginia's Third District, has already said he backs the President, but Manchin and Tomblin have refused to commit.
The West Virginia Delegate Selection Plan rules suggest that unpledged delegates had to declare who they planned to support. It appeared that the deadline for the declaration was Tuesday.
Tomblin’s campaign spokesman Chris Stadleman said of the decision, “As he has said, he has serious problems with both Governor Romney and President Obama. The Governor feels that his time is best spent working in West Virginia to move our state forward instead of attending a four-day political rally in North Carolina.”
Manchin, in a prepared statement, said, "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. I will remain focused on bringing people together for the next generation, not the next election."