Dems won’t be seen with ‘radioactive’ Obama, even at their own fundraisers

Super-fundraiser Barack Obama visited Colorado to headline a $15,000-a-plate dinner party  for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s re-election campaign.

But Udall was a no-show.

Locked in a tight battle to keep his seat, Udall decided to stay in Washington, where he had an important vote to cast, his staff told Politico.

Udall’s vote helped confirm Julian Castro as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, strengthening the GOP’s argument that candidates do not want to be linked to an unpopular president.

 “The senator has been called out on being a rubber stamp for President Obama’s agenda,” said Alex Siciliano, the spokesman for Udall’s opponent, Cory Gardner, according to Politico. “He has decided to hide in Washington, D.C., instead of face voters back in his home state.”

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is running for re-election, and House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who is vying for a seat in the House of Representatives, are also avoiding appearances with Obama. Both were key hosts at Obama’s nominating convention in 2008.

 “At the moment, this president is radioactive. He is confronted now with as bad a set, as extensive a set of woes and troubles as any time of any president I can remember” senior Fox News analyst Brit Hume said on “The Kelly File” on Wednesday. “This is quite a catalogue, quite a burden for him, and he, therefore, is quite a burden on those seeking reelection.”

Hume agreed with Kelly’s suggestion that Obama had failed at his job.

“”Start with the economy, job No. 1, the issue that got him elected,” he said. “We’ve had the dreariest, slowest recovery since World War II, and it’s still dragging on…That’s a failing. The scandals, taken together, add up to a series of failures. Look around the world, look across the Middle East, these are bad results. The president, for better or for worse, gets the blame or the credit for how things go around the world on his watch.”

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Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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