As has been widely reported, yesterday's Wall Street Journal had an article ("Backing Away From Bush" by John D. McKinnon) that discussed Republican candidates preferring to avoid being seen or associated with the president. One mentioned was Rep. Curt Weldon (PA-07) who is quoted as saying (in reference to why he was not attending a fund raiser with Pres. Bush and area congressmen Gerlach and Fitzpatrick today):
"Mr. Bush is really doing poorly in our state." and "I've got to win this by myself."
Weldon's campaign had another story:
Tuesday, Pete Peterson, a Weldon spokesman, said Weldon's planned absence at Bush's Philadelphia appearance had nothing to do with the president's unpopularity in Pennsylvania. Instead, Peterson said Weldon “simply wasn't invited” to the event.
Just a quick note on Pres. Bush's visit today:
A third congressional candidate attended the fundraiser but did not share the dais with Gerlach, Fitzpatrick and Bush.
Mingling among the GOP supporters was Raj Bhakta, best known for being fired by Donald Trump during the second season of the NBC reality show "The Apprentice." He is the Republican challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz for the state's 13th District seat representing suburban Philadelphia.