CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn't have a problem with her party members missing out on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
The California Democrat told POLITICO," I'm not encouraging anyone to go to the convention. I think they should stay home, campaign in their district and use their financial and political resources to help them win an election."
At least a dozen Democrats, including two North Carolina congressmen, have already sent a R.S.V.P. of 'No' for the September convention. Most of them are involved in tight political races at home.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx sent this statement to Newschannel 36 about Democratic officials skipping the DNC: "For some candidates, they need to spend as much time as possible at home campaigning and I certainly don't begrudge them that. Democratic leaders gave the same guidance to candidates during the 2008 Convention, so this is nothing new. What's important is that tens of thousands of Americans will be here with us in Charlotte when President Obama accepts the nomination, and we're focused on making sure that Charlotte puts on a great event."
Several Republicans have also announced they will be skipping their party's convention this year in Tampa.