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Rats off a sinking ship: Elected officials say no thanks to Obama invite

Original Title: Elected officials say no thanks to Obama invite --cd3

By Mike Wereschagin
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Congressmen Jason Altmire and Tim Murphy have previous engagements. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Rep. Mike Doyle are out of town on anniversary trips with their wives. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will be campaigning in Philadelphia.

When President Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter land at Pittsburgh International Airport today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will receive them by himself.

The rest of the region's top elected officials declined White House invitations to attend Obama's speech at Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, their offices said.

The White House billed Obama's speech as a follow-up to his economic address at Georgetown University on April 14, 2009, less than two months after


Added: Jun-2-2010 Occurred On: Jun-2-2010
By: copperdog3
Tags: Obama, Pittsburgh, Specter, invite, denied, no thanks, democrat
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