Earlier today, news broke that North Carolina congressman Larry Kissell is refusing to endorse President Obama and might not attend the Democratic convention later this year in Charlotte, N.C. And now, there's word that Rep. Hayden Rogers won't be endorsing Obama or even attending the convention.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports:
Hayden Rogers will join two other North Carolina congressional candidates in skipping the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and not endorsing President Obama.
“My sole focus is on running for Congress in the 11th District,” Rogers said. “I will be concentrating my time and energy on reaching out to as many voters as possible to discuss the issues facing Western North Carolina and America. I have no plans to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and will not be endorsing in the 2012 presidential race.” ...
Nationally, about a dozen Democrats are staying home in September to focus on their campaigns.
All this comes just a couple weeks after North Carolina congressman Mike McIntyre's decision not to endorse Obama or attend the convention.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that "Republicans said Democrats are jumping ship."
“North Carolina continues to be a mess for Democrats,” said Rachel Adams, the GOP’s North Carolina Victory communications director. “This is yet another example of the enthusiasm President Obama can expect in North Carolina leading up to the election.”