This year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., has already encountered plenty of setbacks. Organizers had fundraising troubles. The North Carolina Democratic Party is in shambles. North Carolina became the thirtieth state in the country to codify marriage as between one man and woman a day before President Obama reversed his position and endorsed same-sex marriage. The state has the lowest rate of unionization in the country.
The DNC is also marred by absenteeism. Plenty of Democrats, many from the Midwest and Rust Belt, have said they would not attend the convention. Most of them say they are skipping the event to focus on their campaigns.
However, a more likely reason may be that these candidates are afraid they will be tainted by their association with President Obama, his unpopular policies, and an aggressive and ideological national Democratic Party.
Below are five prominent Democrats who won’t be attending this year’s DNC.