In an interview today, DFL Congressman Tim Walz blasted Republican members of Congress who skipped out on President Obama's job speech yesterday. He said he was particular disappointed that Minnesota Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann did not show up.
"Not showing up to this speech is disrespectful to the office, disrespectful to the Congress and also not helpful," Walz said.
The Mankato school teacher added that "If my colleagues from several of the districts in Minnesota can't even take the time to attend the speech and are spending their time waiting to criticize right away, the American public is sick of that," he said.
The Star Tribune reports that Cravaack did not attend the speech. The article quotes Cravaack spokesman Michael Bars as saying in a statement that Cravaack “was huddling with his team listening carefully to the president’s speech.”
The article also reports that Bachmann missed the speed due to stormy weather but listened to the speech on the way in.
Walz added that "Every time President Bush spoke I was there."