JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that in their calculations, that they are hoping for the economy to slow before the election,” Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., said in an interview Friday. “They think that’s their best shot at unseating the president.”
Democrats have grumbled for months that Republicans have obstructed legislation to deny Obama the election-year victories he needs to make the case for his economic record.
But on Friday, some Democratic governors pointed to the GOP-controlled House’s efforts to withhold support for the stimulus and block Democratic jobs legislation, and said — in interviews with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the National Governors Association‘s annual meeting — that the only rational conclusion is that Republicans are sacrificing the economic recovery to bolster their argument that Obama has failed to create jobs.
“You have to ask the obvious question: How desperate and how far will they go to ensure this president gets defeated?” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said.