BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — President Obama cancelled his campaign rally for Governor Malloy in Bridgeport on Wednesday afternoon.
Instead, the president was at the White House for an emergency meeting with the cabinet on the Ebola crisis.
Media crews from around the state and nation were disappointed at the news because for many of the technicians here to cover the event it was going to be an extra long day of over-time pay.
For Doris Robinson of Bridgeport and her husband who came here eight hours in advance to get first in line it was a big letdown and she was not alone.
“I was extremely excited about the President coming, and I am just absolutely disappointed that he will not be here today,” said Doris.
Rodney Gibson, another Bridgeporter said, ” I was looking forward and I’m very disappointed it was called off. “I was kind of excited to come and see him in person but I’m not really upset or disappointed, I mean things happen,” added Edwin Skinner, also of Brigeport.
“We know that the commander in chief, he’s busy and I was all excited by if he couldn’t be here, ya know, he’s got to do what he’s got to do,” said Ray Roldan of Stratford, another one to arrive early.
Doris was at the Obama rally four years ago here in Bridgeport a rally that most believe helped excite Bridgeport area Democrats into coming out on election day in large number and giving Governor Malloy his narrow, 64-hundred vote victory over Tom Foley. That race was so close that Foley didn’t actually conceed until several days after the election when the Bridgeport vote was finally made official and Foley’s campaign had considered challenging the results.
“I absolutly believe that 2010 was wonderful…it was evident that the President’s visit helped all the Democratic candidates,” said Doris.
With the latest polls showing a dead heat and unlike the rest of the country the President’s approval among Democrats here still high it was clearly a disappointment today for the Malloy campaign.
The good news for Malloy is that the White House says that the President will attempt to re-schedule the event…
and, of course it will be closer to election day. The state Democratic Party says those with tickets for today’s event will be given first priority on the rescheduled event.