Stalwart Supporter (D-OH) Shuns Pres. Obama

President Obama will be in the Cleveland area on Wednesday to deliver a speech on the economy. Noticeably missing from the lineup of supporters? Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown.

A vote comparison shows that during the time they both served in the Senate together, then-Senator Barack Obama voted with Sen. Brown 95% of the time. With that kind of alignment, you’d think Sen. Brown would be scrambling to appear alongside his hero.

Sen. Brown’s staff claims scheduling conflicts as the reason the Senator won’t be appearing with the President, but it’s hard to believe that someone who has been such a strong supporter of the President wouldn’t rearrange his schedule to appear with the top of the ticket. It’s especially suspicious given that Sen. Brown is up for re-election himself next year.

Sen. Brown is tied for first place for the most liberal Senator as ranked by the National Journal. He’s tied with the likes of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), self proclaimed “socialist” Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Pat Leahy (D-VT), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Our own scorecard gives him just a 5% conservative rating.

But running for re-election is tough. And running beneath an unpopular President is even tougher. It makes sense for Sen. Brown, like so many other Democrats (see Sen. Claire McCaskill), not to stand side-by-side with a President whose poll numbers make him an anchor, rather than an asset.

But hey, who are we to question motives!

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