Just weeks after former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams claimed a “scheduling conflict”t prevented her from appearing at a Georgia event with President Joe Biden on her top issue, more top Democrats are suddenly claiming “scheduling conflicts” are why they can’t be photographed with the leader of the free world.
A trip by Biden to Pennsylvania to promote infrastructure spending was greeted by prominent “no shows” after several Democrats claimed they had scheduled other events at the same time which were more important than an official presidential visit.
ABC News reports:
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 Pennsylvania snubs comes weeks after Biden chose Georgia to highlight a push to reform voting systems after 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Abrams blamed her narrow loss on “voter suppression.”
Abrams has offered no evidence to prove her claim, but it made her a liberal celebrity. She now travels the country promoting “voting rights,” which she defines as repealing ballot security measures like photo ID requirements.
That made Georgia a natural choice to launch Biden’s push for “voting rights,” led by Abrams.
But Abrams, who may run again, claimed scheduling conflicts prevented her from appearing with the President of the United States to promote her current job.
Abrams never revealed what the conflicting event or obligation was.
Biden’s approval rating is at an average of just 40.9 percent in the latest RealClearPolitics aggregation of polls, against an average disapproval of 54.6 percent.
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