Some Democratic lawmakers may be too busy to join President Barack Obama when he visits Pittsburgh next week to push his jobs plan, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review
According to the newspaper, most of the Western Pennsylvania congressional delegation will be tied up with votes in Congress and Sen. Bob Casey says he’s not decided yet whether he will be able to attend the president’s appearance at the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training center.
The paper noted that Rep. Mike Doyle does plan to greet the president when he arrives at the airport, but will then return to Washington where the House will be voting on a bill that would block Environmental Protection Agency regulations limiting pollution from industrial boilers. The two other Democratic congressmen that represent the Pittsburgh area – Jason Altmire and Mark Critz – plan to remain in Washington for that vote.
Despite their claims to be busy at work, the Tribune Review quoted University of Pittsburgh political professor Gerald Shuster as saying the lawmakers may be simply trying to avoid a president whose popularity is down and trying to sell a $447 billion plan that may not have much support.
“Some of the more specific polls are demonstrating that in the areas where the president enjoyed most of his strength, he doesn’t enjoy that today,” Shuster told the paper. “You couldn't snub him, but at the same time, I wouldn't want to be right up front on the platform.”
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