Former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, is saying congresional Democrats should not attend the party's convention in September in North Carolina.
“I’m not encouraging anyone to go to the convention, having nothing to do with anything except I think they should stay home, campaign in their districts, use their financial and political resources to help them win their election,” Pelosi tells Politico Live’s On Congress, according to Politico.
Pelosi added: “We nominated a president last time. We have an incumbent President of the United States. We’re very proud of him. There certainly will be enough people there to express that pride, but I’m not encouraging members to go to the convention no matter what the situation was, because they can be home. It’s campaign time. It’s the first week in September.”
But the truth is, Pelosi's encouragment not to attend the Democratic convention seems not to be necessary. After all, plenty of prominent Democrats have already said they'd be skipping the show.
As Mike Warren has noted, "Missouri senator Claire McCaskill, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and Congressmen John Barrow of Georgia, Jim Matheson of Utah, and Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell of North Carolina" all plan to skip the convention, as well as Kentucky congressman Ben Chandler.