Biden Dealt Another Blow — PA Dems Missing His Visit
Democrats don’t want to be seen with Biden.
Biden is taking a trip to Pennsylvania on Friday.
He expected leading Democrats to be seen with him.
Two of the top 3 are going to miss it due to “scheduling conflicts.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 27, 2022
President Joe Biden will appear 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 will not attend, their campaigns confirmed on the eve of the president’s visit.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a leading Senate candidate, and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the likely Democratic nominee in the race for governor, will be absent because of scheduling conflicts, according to their spokespeople. Another top Senate candidate, Rep. Conor Lamb, a longtime Biden supporter based in Pittsburgh, will attend, his office confirmed. All three had been invited to participate in a photo line with the president.
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.
The same thing happened when Biden went to Georgia!
Both President Joe Biden and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams are citing a scheduling issue to explain why the state’s most prominent voting rights activist will not be attending the Democratic president’s speech on the topic in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.