And the latest Dem not attending Obama’s party is…

posted at 8:31 am on June 23, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The DNC convention this year is going to turn out to be a serious opportunity… for ticket scalpers. The list of folks who won’t be coming from the Left side of the aisle continues to grow. We already saw US Senator Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall taking a pass. We later reported that Mark Critz had … err.. scheduling conflicts. And now, long time friend of Hot Air the Lady Logician checks in from Utah and finds that the state’s only prominent, national level Democrat is otherwise occupied on the date of the big shindig.

Today’s domino….Utah Rep. Jim Matheson.

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will skip the Democratic National Convention, making him the latest in a string of conservative Democrats to take a pass on the party confab.

All have stated pressing business back in the district and that is not completely false. Every single one is facing a challenge for their seat. Some challenges (Matheson and Manchin) are closer than others (Owens and Hochul), but the challenges are tighter than they would have normally been just because of the down economy. Couple that with the party association that they share with a President who is growing increasingly UNpopular with voters and you can see why the delegates that also have to face the voters themselves are taking a step or 5 away from the top of the ticket.

So what prompted this? A family emergency? The upcoming marriage of a family member? Apparently not.

“I’ll be spending my time this summer and fall doing my job in Congress and visiting with and listening to people in Utah,” Matheson told The Daily. “I won’t be traveling to North Carolina.”

Matheson is running in the most heavily Republican district of any Democrat in the House — the newly drawn district would have given President Obama just 41 percent of its vote in 2008. He’s routinely broken with his party, voting against their healthcare reforms as well as climate change legislation, though he’s said he’ll vote for Obama in the fall.

At this point, it’s honestly surprising that Matheson is willing to publicly admit he’ll be voting for Obama, but I suppose there are some rivers one simply can not cross. There’s something to be said for a guy who can win on a ticket in that part of Utah with a “D” behind their name, but it’s never a sure thing. And clearly he doesn’t want to be associated with the big party in September if he plans on keeping his seat.

What will this do to his fundraising? Stay tuned and we shall see.


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Who? A (D) from Utah of all places? How the bleep did that happen?

Decoski on June 23, 2012 at 8:36 AM

A Utopian Hopey Temple of Progressive Pillars Embargo….

canopfor on June 23, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Its gonna be a Echo Chamber of da FaithFul,er,at the DNC Convention!!

canopfor on June 23, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Lulz. Sweet sweet schadenfreude.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 23, 2012 at 8:40 AM

That is pretty lame. If you can’t win because of that you suck…either party.

tomas on June 23, 2012 at 8:40 AM

And they moved Obama’s acceptance speech from an indoor arena to an outdoor one, so they could sell skybox seats.

I expect a pitch to “buy a raffle ticket as a wedding present for a chance for the newlyweds to sit in a skybox with Anna Wintour” soon.

If God has a sense of humor, and I believe that He does, it will rain on Obama’s parade, speech.

Wethal on June 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I certainly hope the citizens of Utah do not fall for it, send him to the unemployment line with Obama!

bluemarlin on June 23, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Who? A (D) from Utah of all places? How the bleep did that happen?

Decoski on June 23, 2012 at 8:36 AM

It’s amazing how voters compartmentalize things. Here in NH, Obamacare is despised in poll after poll… The Dems took a beating in the mid terms almost exclusively based on ties to Obamacare. Yet Obama (the actual guy responsible for Obamacare) leads Romney in the latest Rasmussen poll 48-43, far outperforming the approval on Obamacare (35). Weird.

kevinkristy on June 23, 2012 at 8:45 AM

the newly drawn district would have given President Obama just 41 percent of its vote in 2008

and he is a Dem. from UT…delusional if he thinks he has a chance, especially after commenting he will support Oblamer.

hillsoftx on June 23, 2012 at 8:45 AM

He’s routinely broken with his party, voting against their healthcare reforms as well as climate change legislation, though he’s said he’ll vote for Obama in the fall.

I doubt he voted for theRyan Coupon Plan either.

Uppereastside on June 23, 2012 at 8:46 AM

What will this do to his fundraising?

He could always get folks to give him $ in lieu of their own birthday, wedding or anniversary present.

txhsmom on June 23, 2012 at 8:46 AM

What I want to see most is Øbama speaking to a 1/2 empty stadium at his acceptance speech… Styrofoam columns and all.

Of course I won’t really be able to see it…. I won’t be watching more than a few seconds of the entire convention. Those seconds where I can’t change the channel fast enough.

Dasher on June 23, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Don’tStandSoClose-itis. It’s a pandemic! Wonder if Sebelius is working on a vaccine or PSAs for that yet.

hoosiermama on June 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

If the columns are eco-friendly, biodegradable ones, instead of that nasty petroleum by-product, then they should be recyclabe, as in they melt inthe rain.

Wethal on June 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

“When is the convention? Oh, I’m gonna be sick on that day”

BobMbx on June 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

-At Mr. Matheson’s house-
*knock on door
Matheson: Hello? My aren’t you gentlemen big. Those are some impressive pinky rings.

Big Guy 1: We hear you are declining Mr. Obama’s invitation to his little party in NC.

M: Yes, I have too much work to do in my district. Family things to attend to.

BG2: Mr Obama takes his party invitations real serious.
BG1: When you don’t show up, he takes it personal. It hurts his feelings. That hurts OUR feelings.
BG2: It’s a dangerous world out there Mr. Matheson. We protect our family. If you don’t show up, it’s like you’re not family.
BG1: So hows about we mark you as a yes, and you can sit right up front with Mr. Obama. Show your undying support.
BG2: We’ll stay here with the wife and kids, make sure they’re real safe.

M: Let me grab my bags. Tell Mr Obama I will be there.

tdarrington on June 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

If the columns are eco-friendly, biodegradable ones, instead of that nasty petroleum by-product, then they should be recyclabe, as in they melt inthe rain.

Wethal on June 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Pillars of salt?

tdarrington on June 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM

If God has a sense of humor, and I believe that He does, it will rain on Obama’s parade, speech.

Wethal on June 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM

If God decides to prank the event, I suspect it may be a holding tank malfunction on a large airliner passing overhead.

“The Day It Rained Blue Poo”

BobMbx on June 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

If the columns are eco-friendly, biodegradable ones, instead of that nasty petroleum by-product, then they should be recyclabe, as in they melt inthe rain.

Wethal on June 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

BTW, styrofoam is a precursor to napalm.

BobMbx on June 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

But he can’t miss the party! They’re gonna be balloons and confetti and cheap-ass fake Roman columns and blowhard speeches and Nancy Pelosi and………….

On the other hand, maybe a quiet night at home is the better option.

pilamaye on June 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM

What if they gave a convention and nobody came?

Akzed on June 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Presuming Romney wins in November, I predict the same thing will happen on the right in 2016.

flyfisher on June 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

“Change we can believe in!”

“Ask not what your TEA Party can do for you… ” ~ DeepWheat

DeepWheat on June 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Dems should be extinct in red and purple states outside of urban areas. And to reinforce the point, GOP candidates should be running hard on the point that a vote for a Dem candidate is a vote for more Obama.

BuckeyeSam on June 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

So it’ll just be an intimate affair with the Obama family and all their fans and boosters in the MSM?

How . . . cozy. Maybe in their spare time Brian Williams and Barry Obama can practice their bowing technique, while Tingles Matthews cheers them on from the sidelines.

AZCoyote on June 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Presuming Romney wins in November, I predict the same thing will happen on the right in 2016.

flyfisher on June 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

OOoohh, gosh, he better lose then.

/

Marcus on June 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

…skip the Democratic National Convention, making him the latest in a string of conservative Democrats to take a pass on the party confab

…it’s early in the day for oxymoron’s!

KOOLAID2 on June 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Better call in Sarah Jessica Parker for a $3 raffle.

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on June 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I doubt he voted for theRyan Coupon Plan either.

Uppereastside on June 23, 2012 at 8:46 AM

…SHUT UP!!! Your mouth is still full you sucking ignorant idiot!

KOOLAID2 on June 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

An odd bit of positioning oneself. Will vote for Obama, but must go home to defend the job he has been doing with Obama and fellow Dems. What will he brag about? Must be shooting for the inattentive voter. Will he admit that he is a Democrat to the voters or will that be finessed into something trivial or vague?

Charm on June 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

“When is the convention? Oh, I’m gonna be sick on that day”

BobMbx on June 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Yeah, I’ve got to change the air in my tires that week.

kbTexan on June 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Presuming Romney wins in November, I predict the same thing will happen on the right in 2016.

flyfisher on June 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

You mean like W. in ’04?

That convention that featured a democrat Senator voting R?

Good God, look at me defending Romney. WTF.

Lanceman on June 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Maybe the next Hot Air survey should be aimed at Deocrat politicos instead if us freedom loving peanut gallery types. Let’s find out who IS going to Charlotte.

Ask them directly, “Since increasing numbers of prominent Democrats are skipping the convention this summer, what with busy work schedules, reunions, elective surgeries and pressing to-do lists around the house, do you intend to go to Charlotte?”

Anyone running for reelection this fall is probably a few orders of magnitude less likely to be going, particularly if they live in anything close to a swing district.

MTF on June 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Remember, there’s no such thing as a blue dog.

jnelchef on June 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

What I want to see most is Øbama speaking to a 1/2 empty stadium at his acceptance speech… Styrofoam columns and all.

Of course I won’t really be able to see it…. I won’t be watching more than a few seconds of the entire convention. Those seconds where I can’t change the channel fast enough.

Dasher on June 23, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I’m told by someone who’s involved in the convention that there is serious concern that you may get your wish, and more, as to lack of crowd. They’re starting to pray for rain so they’ll have an excuse for the expected poor turnout.

TXUS on June 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The DNC convention will be a anti-union debacle for the Dems. I feel sorry for the nice folks of Charlotte who have to tolerate these moonbats. At least they will have the pleasure of voting Zero out in November (just like the rest of us).

Philly on June 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

TXUS on June 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

You don’t think they will pay for seat fillers? Count on it.

Lanceman on June 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Manchin is closer than Owens? OK. Manchin may get reelected by being a conservative Democrat. Owens is going down – write it down.

Red Cloud on June 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

If God has a sense of humor, and I believe that He does, it will rain on Obama’s parade, speech.

Wethal on June 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I have been wondering what exactly the odds are, on any given 24-hour period, that a hurricane comes ashore in NC/SC in the first week in September. I remember hitchhiking to Charlotte one late September, and going through the aftermath of a ‘cane (Hugo?).

Gotta wonder about the wisdom of the stadium move. This ain’t Los Angeles or Denver. Summertime actually brings rain in the South.

JohnGalt23 on June 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Ah, so this is why they moved the NFL opener up a day — So the thousands of Democrats who are scared to death of being seen with Team Obama and their hard-core fanatics in North Carolina can watch his speech from the safe distance of their TVs on Thursday while not having to tune away from the Cowboys-Giants game.

jon1979 on June 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

It’s amazing how voters compartmentalize things. Here in NH, Obamacare is despised in poll after poll… The Dems took a beating in the mid terms almost exclusively based on ties to Obamacare. Yet Obama (the actual guy responsible for Obamacare) leads Romney in the latest Rasmussen poll 48-43, far outperforming the approval on Obamacare (35). Weird.

kevinkristy on June 23, 2012 at 8:45 AM

In the Northeast political correctness knows no bounds. Hopefully the disparity in the polling data will be a symptom of the Bradley/Wilder effect and we all may be presently surprised in Novemver.

wizzdumb on June 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will skip the Democratic National Convention, making him the latest in a string of conservative Democrats to take a pass on the party confab.

No. Such. Animal.

GrannyDee on June 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

You can run, but you can’t hide. The idea that these people can support the Democrats agenda, and then not go to a convention, and believe they still should be re-elected is a joke. The Democrats came within an eyelash of completely destroying this country, wasted billions on keeping union state employees in jobs, and funded donors in green energy debacles, none of which was an efficient driver of jobs. They don’t deserve to be re-elected. In the Senate, why vote for any Democrat who can’t do the one basic function they’re sent there to do, pass a budget. It’s obvious they didn’t want to pass a budget because they got their increased spending when they had the super majorities and don’t want them pulled back (thereby saving the country TRILLIONS of dollars), so they continue to keep the funding levels high by passing continuing resolutions.

I hope the Republicans point all of this out because the Democrats really need a dose of shock and awe in November.

bflat879 on June 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

You don’t think they will pay for seat fillers? Count on it.

Lanceman on June 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

What? cardboard cutouts? At least they’d look more enthusiastic and better dressed.

Harbingeing on June 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Matheson is running in a whole new district this election. In the past his district was mainly just Salt Lake City, which like any capitol city, is heavily Democrat. For years SLC’s mayor has been a Democrat. So this election cycle, Matheson has got his work cut out for him. His republican opponent is Mia Love, a black female tea partier who was mayor of a small town. Mia is amazing! Hot Air has done a few articles about her.

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/01/09/video-mia-love-the-next-conservative-superstar/

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/11/black-female-conservative-congressional-candidate-mia-love-conventional-wisdom-says-i-dont-exist/

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/15/video-mia-love-makes-the-economic-case/

So it is no wonder that Matheson has to stay home and work, because he is going to LOSE!

aggie13 on June 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

He’s routinely broken with his party, voting against their healthcare reforms as well as climate change legislation, though he’s said he’ll vote for Obama in the fall.

Why would any Democrat in a close race decide to hop on the Titanic in the middle of an ocean of certain political death? The fact that Matheson has already broken with the party-line vote on several issues makes him an “independent liberal” the far left would not tolerate or support, so he’s on his own. The Democratic Convention will be a great source, (of information), for how “out of touch” the far left has become under this Obama-Pelosi-Reid regime. Plenty of popcorn and recording devices will be a required entertainment when this day comes.

Rovin on June 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

You don’t think they will pay for seat fillers? Count on it.

Lanceman on June 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

While they’ve slashed the convention budget, which could make this more difficult, if they find the money to fill the seats, can you imagine what that stadium is going to smell like that night? They’ll have to send in a Haz-Mat crew to clean up.

TXUS on June 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM

… Matheson has got his work cut out for him. His republican opponent is Mia Love, a black female tea partier who was mayor of a small town. Mia is amazing! Hot Air has done a few articles about her…

aggie13 on June 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Didn’t remember that this was the same seat Mia was running for. I agree, he’s toast. That lady’s on fire!

TXUS on June 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

What if you had a political party convention and no one showed up?

Popcorn!

Lots of popcorn!

Next thing you know it will be dental appointments you really can’t miss, or having to get the deck cleaned… or just ‘really need to have quality time with my proctologist’ as the excuse.

Anything to avoid President Plutonium.

Lots and lots of popcorn!

ajacksonian on June 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

What? cardboard cutouts? At least they’d look more enthusiastic and better dressed.

Harbingeing on June 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Nah they’ll use a CGI crowd from Speilberg or Lucas….

dogsoldier on June 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

who wants to scalp tickets to this bash?

cmsinaz on June 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

OT:too funny, the dems arein a hissy with all the money that is flowing in the RNC/mitt coffers…they’re all evil white rich men…but you heard crickets from them with all the union monies and soros monies flowing in….

hypocrites

cmsinaz on June 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will skip the Democratic National Convention, making him the latest in a string of conservative Democrats to take a pass on the party confab.

There is no such thing as a conservative Democrat. Remember how those so-called Blue Dog Democrats caved on the anti-abortion deal in the healthcare bill? It’s a convenient fiction for the rubes until the party leaders need the votes. Then, suddenly, they change their minds.

I hope Utah wises up in November.

hachiban on June 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yet Obama (the actual guy responsible for Obamacare) leads Romney in the latest Rasmussen poll 48-43, far outperforming the approval on Obamacare (35). Weird.

kevinkristy on June 23, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Polls don’t mean a hill of beans. What counts is what lever the voter pulls. That won’t happen until November.

timberline on June 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

How common is it for dems or reps to not show up to a convention like this in these numbers?

kerrhome on June 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will skip the Democratic National Convention, making him the latest in a string of conservative Democrats to take a pass on the party confab.

conservative Democrats is an oxymoron.

timberline on June 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

You don’t think they will pay for seat fillers? Count on it.

Lanceman on June 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Job creation!

itsacookbook on June 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Vote all these Dems out anyway. Don’t use their Convention absence as a reason to keep them.

Who cares if they’re giving Obama the Heisman ? They’ll still vote against our principles if you give them a chance.

moc23 on June 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You don’t think they will pay for seat fillers? Count on it.

Lanceman on June 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Roadtrip? I’m just saying, troll rich environment and all. Could be fun.

Bmore on June 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

It’s too late for these dem rats to pretend as if they haven’t supported taking America apart at the foundations. Whther they attend the AMerica-hate fest at the DNC, dems are scum. Despicable, lying scumbags who have worked for years to destroy this nation.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

His Holder vote may end his career.

pat on June 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Reiterating that “conservative Democrat” is not physically possible in this era; just some Democrats are more skilled liars than others.

tdarrington on June 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

has it right. The Party has ways of enforcing discipline against those who are “Rightist Deviationists”. [n.b.- "Deviates" are a different matter and are protected.]

Subotai Bahadur on June 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

run awaaaaaaaaaaaayyy!!

Tim_CA on June 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Since most semi-responsible d-cRATs now consider OBOZO the equivalent of TOXIC WASTE – will his EPA ban him from the country ?

TeaPartyNation on June 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

hypocrites

cmsinaz on June 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

That’s like:

- H2O is wet
- the sun rises in the East
- Pelosi is ugly
- Fluke is ugly too

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Roadtrip? I’m just saying, troll rich environment and all. Could be fun.

Bmore on June 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Umm, nooo. Dire can have my seat.

Lanceman on June 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

When you come back (if you do ) from your delusions of grandeur, be certain oblamer that we are laughing at you ….not with you

MrMoe on June 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Mia Love is going to beat him anyway. He held out his vote for health care until he knew it would pass and then he voted against it. But when it came to a final vote well,little jimmy voted for obama.

Bambi on June 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM