WASHINGTON — The biggest name in the Democratic Party plans to speak Wednesday at Denver’s Cheesman Park, but President Barack Obama won’t be sharing the stage with three Colorado Democrats now in the fight of their political careers.
Missing from the morning event — which is closed to the public but open to the media — will be U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff, the former state House speaker now running for a seat in Congress.
All three Democrats are locked in competitive elections this fall, but aides to each one said the boss won’t be attending the event because of prior commitments. The White House said Obama would be talking about the economy and the president’s efforts to shore up economic opportunity for the middle class. For their part, Democratic officials said the Republican attacks were misleading. The reason the three politicians are not expected to attend, they said, is a matter of logistics — and late notice by the White House. We learned only this morning about the POTUS event at Cheesman Park,” wrote Eric Brown, a Hickenlooper spokesman, in a response Monday to questions. Added Chris Harris, a Udall spokesman: “This has nothing to do with wanting to be with (Obama) or not. This is just logistics.”
Ahead of the event, Udall’s campaign used the fundraiser as a way to entice donations from supporters — offering a chance to attend the fundraiser in exchange for contributions.
Yeah, a scheduling conflict. Hey, it could happen!