North Carolina Congressman Joins Other Dems Fleeing Nero
June 26, 2012 • 8:02AM

Another Democratic Congressman, this one from the state where Nero intends to hold his renomination gala, has let it be known that he wants nothing to do with the object of disdain occupying the Oval Office.

Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Blue Dog Democrat who represents North Carolina's 7th District in the southeast corner of the state, said during an interview with a local TV station that he wants to keep his focus on his district and his own Congressional race, as opposed to the national race. The Congressman, whose district has been redrawn to become more Republican, would not say that he is endorsing the President.

"We've always been steadfast in our work for eastern North Carolina and I'm grateful because we've had Republican and Democratic friends who have supported us because they know my heart is there and it's not about any party agenda or any other person's agenda. Our focus is on the Congressional race in eastern North Carolina," McIntyre said.

McIntyre joins a growing number of Democratic office holders and candidates who are trying to distance themselves from Nero without being added to the Kill List.

Last week, West Virginia's state Democratic Party announced that three top party officials—Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and Rep. Nick Rahall—will not attend the Democratic National Convention in September.

Earlier, two prominent Democratic candidates made it clear that Nero is not their man:

Former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamps, who is running to succeed retiring Sen. Kent Conrad, told AP that Obama has failed in the one test America had for him, which was to unite the country. "I think he needed to be more hands-on. I don't think he's done enough to think broadly and come up with solutions that would engage both sides in a reasonable dialogue," she added.

And former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's former aide, Ron Barber, who is vying to keep that Arizona seat Democratic, used the I'm-focusing-on-the-district-race dodge when challenged by his GOP opponent on which presidential candidate he endorses.

But none of these Democrats has yet had the gumption to rally their constitutents to "Throw The Bum Out, Now."