Typically, incumbents, even ones expected to sail through their reelection, spend Election Day in their districts, even if just to show support for down-ballot candidates and the local party. You may recall how bad the optics were when former representative Eric Cantor spent part of his primary election day in Washington sipping Starbucks with lobbyists.
Of course, the difference is that Cantor thought he was going to win, and the Democrats know they are going to lose. That they can spend Election Day away from the voters reelecting them is evidence of how few competitive seats there are.
No word yet from the DCCC on how many members are attending the lunch confab, though we’re hearing that “Huh?” is a general reaction from Democrats on the Hill. But Pelosi’s office says she hosts such a lunch every cycle primarily as a thank you to donors, and extends the invite to all members knowing most will be unable to come.
For those Democrats who are in town on Election Day need not watch the returns alone. The DCCC is hosting a reception at the D.C. home of Rep. Chellie Pingree on Tuesday evening starting at 7. Pingree’s spokesman, Willy Ritch, says the congresswoman won’t be there because she’ll be in her district in Maine.
“She’s just a benevolent landlord,” he said.