The Washington Post

Puller: “I’m still a strong supporter of Obama”

Ever since we reported Tuesday that Sen. Toddy Puller was one of several Democratic legislators declining to commit to President Obama’s re-election campaign, she said her phone has been ringing off the hook.

Sen. Toddy Puller

“I’m still a strong supporter of Obama,’’ she said in a follow-up interview this week. “I’m sorry (Washington issues are) interfering with this year’s campaigns.”

Weeks before the Nov. 8 elections, several Democratic legislators told The Washington Post that they have reservations about the president and will not commit to supporting him next year. At least one longtime state senator — Phil Puckett of Russell — has announced he will not vote for Obama in 2012.

Obama was in Virginia Tuesday and Wednesday as part of his three-day bus tour on the economy. Nationally and in Virginia, Obama’s job-approval ratings have fallen as a stalled economy has left millions out of work.

Puller, who faces Republican Jeff Frederick in the Democratic-leaning district, said she regrets saying Obama is “frustrating” her — even though she, like many others, have been watching for months as Obama and Congress have been mired in partisan bickering.

“I am planning to vote for him, always have,’’ she said.

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