“I don’t associate with the Democrats that are running away[from Obama.] I attend the Democratic Caucus at least once or twice a week… the leadership meetings, and I don’t get that sense,” said Rep. Charlie Rangel, New York Democrat, to The Washington Times affiliated radio program America’s Morning News on Wednesday.
“Of course, it could be that those Democrats that are dissatisfied don’t attend those meetings, but I can’t think of one unless we’re taking about Cardoza from California and he’s always had re-election problems,” Mr. Rangel added.
According to Politico, some Capitol Hill Democrats on the campaign trail are avoiding President Barack Obama out of fear that the president’s struggling poll numbers with voters could very well affect their own re-election prospects. Rep. Dennis Cardoza, California Democrat, recently announced his decision to retire after serving as a California Congressman since 2003. A blue dog Democrat, Mr. Cardoza criticized President Obama for not dealing with the nation’s foreclosure crisis better.
Rep. Rangel also talked about when he thought an economic recovery could possibly happen saying, “A lot of what America stands for is having hope for the future, and I think we’d be much, much better off even if we didn’t recover, but if there were signs and hopes that recovery was in sight.”
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, did not want to discuss why he thought Democrats were dodging the president on the campaign trail. In fact, Mr. Nadler did not want to answer any questions at all from the Washington Times.
Rep. Nadler refused to tell me why he did not want to talk to me on Tuesday, but I suspect, he may be upset about a recent piece I wrote on this blog, where he sided with Occupy Wall Street protesters over his own constituents and businesses in downtown Manhattan. Listen to Mr. Nadler avoid my questions here.