(Bloomberg) Democratic Representative Larry Kissell’s district is within 10 miles of the Charlotte, North Carolina, arena where the Democratic National Convention will be held starting Sept. 4. Kissell isn’t planning to attend.
The lawmaker is among a growing number of Democrats in both chambers of Congress who are keeping their distance from President Barack Obama as they seek re-election this year in Republican territory.
Kissell, who hasn’t endorsed Obama’s re-election, voted with Republicans on July 11 to repeal Obama’s 2010 health care law and on June 28 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. He declined to comment specifically on his policy differences with Obama. Other Democrats in states or districts where the president’s poll numbers are low are emphasizing that they aren’t in lock-step with him on such policy areas as energy, taxation and the environment.