Some Democrats have gone out of their way to avoid being seen in public with President Obama, but in Connecticut a rising star in the Republican party was hoping to get up close with the president for a lasting image with the commander-in-chief. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart tweeted that she was hoping to take a selfie with the president when he visited her city. Mr. Obama appeared at Central Connecticut State University with Governor Dannel Malloy and other state Democrats, along with the governors of Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mayor Stewart was in attendance and received a shoutout from the president, but she was not seated on the dais with the governors.
Stewart’s tweet came hours after a new Quinnipiac University poll showed President Obama with low approval ratings in our state. Only 45% of those polled approve of the job the president is doing, compared to 51% who disapprove, his worst polling ever here.
Stewart, 26, doesn’t have to worry about any backlash from Republican voters, at least not for a while. The freshman mayor is not up for re-election until 2015. On the flip side she might pick up some new Democrat supporters essential to winning in the Hardware City.
UPDATE: No selfie, but here is the picture from Mayor Stewart taken at the Obama event at CCSU. It seems she was close, but not close enough, and even longer arms wouldn’t have helped.
Speaking of pictures, check out these of some of your friends at Channel 3 and some other folks you might know: https://dennishouse.tv/2014/02/28/thank-you-for-a-great-50th-birthday/ and even more pictures here from Scot’s birthday party https://dennishouse.tv/2014/03/06/scot-haneys-birthday-bash/