Several Democrats have recently made excuses to avoid appearing in public with President Joe Biden.
Despite Biden only being president for a year, he is already becoming a toxic figure for his party.
A few weeks ago, he gave his awful speech about voting reform in Georgia.
However, one of the Democrats’ key operatives in Georgia, Stacey Abrams, was strangely missing.
She claimed to have a scheduling conflict.
Now some Democrats in Pennsylvania are also having scheduling problems, preventing them from appearing with Biden.
Biden appeared in Pittsburgh on Friday as an opening step in a broader campaign to promote the White House’s achievements in key states before the midterm elections.
But two of the three leading Democrats on Pennsylvania’s statewide ballot this spring, who were invited to appear with Biden, refused to attend.
Their campaigns confirmed on the eve of the president’s visit, The Associated Press reported.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a leading Senate candidate, and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the likely Democratic nominee in the race for governor, were absent because of scheduling conflicts, according to their spokespeople.
Another top Senate candidate, Rep. Conor Lamb, a longtime Biden supporter based in Pittsburgh, did attend, however.
All three had been invited to participate in a photo line with the president.
The AP noted:
“The high-profile absences come as Democrats in other states have begun taking modest steps to distance themselves from the first-term president, whose approval ratings have fallen sharply in recent months.
“And while Fetterman and Shapiro indicated that politics had no bearing on their schedules, their decisions to avoid Biden, particularly in his home state, could fuel further questions among anxious Democratic candidates elsewhere as they decide whether to embrace the struggling president.”
It normally takes a full 8yr term before members of your own party start ducking you.
Grandpa Joe pulled it off in a year. https://t.co/x13OOscixz
— john jackson (@pvtjokerus) January 27, 2022