Monday, July 23, 2012

Who's in, who's out at conventions?

The list of Democratic candidates skipping the convention here continues to grow.

But there’s another list, and it’s getting longer, too: Republicans who will be no-shows at their party’s party in Tampa.

Last week, former President George W. Bush declined an invitation to attend.

Among other GOP politicians staying home: former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, who said he was not going in order to protest his party’s failure to address the “trust deficit”; former Sen. George Allen of Virginia, who will stay home to campaign; former World Wrestling Federation executive Linda McMahon, who’s running for the Senate in Connecticut; former President George H.W. Bush; and U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., a tea party favorite whose Democratic opponent, Tammy Duckworth, is planning to come to Charlotte. --Tim Funk