UPDATE 3: Julian Castro was confirmed as the next HUD Secretary by a wide margin in the Senate – 71-26. Good thing Udall was there to be that critical swing vote.
UPDATE 2: Sen. Michael Bennet also will not appear at the fundraiser. The fundraiser will jointly benefit Bennet’s DSCC as well as Udall’s rocky campaign.
UPDATE 1: It’s unclear why Sen. Udall thought it necessary to stay back for the vote to confirm Julian Castro as HUD Secretary as he’s expected to be easily confirmed. From the Politico HUDDLE email this morning:
“OBAMA’S TEXAS VISIT comes on the same day the Senate will vote on the nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Castro, a rising Democratic star and the twin brother of Rep. Joaquin Castro, is expected to easily win confirmation.” (the Peak emphasis)
Embattled Senator Mark Udall, originally slated to appear at a fundraiser this afternoon with President Obama, has now canceled his plans citing that he needs to stay behind to vote on the nominated HUD Secretary, Julian Castro. C’mon. You really expect us to buy this?
After all the bad press Udall has received leading up to today for his willingness to appear with Obama to scoop up cash, but not stand on stage with him, Udall is just asking for another media smack down by not even attending his own fundraiser. Up until last night, Udall was scheduled to arrive in Denver at approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning.
Of course, Udall is not alone in his unwillingness to appear with the President whose poll numbers have plummeted recently.
Democratic candidate Andrew Romanoff is claiming that he was not invited to the Cheesman Park speech, which is why he will not attend. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had a scheduling conflict, but played pool with the President last night.
But, across the country, liberal Senators in tough races have skipped appearing with the President. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) says he has no interest in campaigning with the President (at least he’s honest). Democratic Senators Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana also made headlines for skipping Obama events in their own state.
Senator Udall can run, but he can’t hide from the fact that he voted for President Obama’s agenda 99% of the time.