How radioactive is the failed president? Even with the chump in town to raise money for him, Democrat Senator Mark Udall just can’t manage to make it there.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday will headline his first fundraiser for a Senate Democrat in danger of losing this fall — but the candidate, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, won’t be by his side.
In a last minute switch, Udall’s campaign says the senator plans to stay in Washington to vote on Obama’s nominee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The decision is likely to spark new questions about the political risks for vulnerable Democrats in being linked with an increasingly unpopular president.
“Mark is grateful for the president’s support, and had hoped to welcome him to Colorado in person, but his responsibilities to serve Colorado in the Senate come first,” spokesman Chris Harris said.
Sure, that seems legit. And in a nod to his famed transparency, cameras are off limits at the lavish Obama soiree.
Udall had already been planning to limit his appearances with the president. The fundraiser is off limits to news cameras. And Udall’s campaign announced earlier in the week that the senator would not attend the president’s economic speech in Denver Wednesday morning, ensuring that there would be no photos of the two men together.
Meanwhile, Obama’s media lapdogs will be given the boot.
Some reporters will be in the room for Obama’s remarks, but no cameras will be allowed, and the journalists will be kicked out during the president’s question-and-answer session with donors. The arrangement is typical of most of Obama’s smaller sessions with donors.
He treats them like dogshit, yet they’ll still cover for him. Just pathetic.