CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- To distance himself from an unpopular president, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he won't attend the Democratic National Convention.
Under party rules, Tomblin is an automatic super-delegate, but spokesman Chris Stadelman said Monday the governor has serious problems with Obama -- and with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Tomblin says his time is best spent working in West Virginia, not attending a four-day political rally.
Chris Stadelman, a Tomblin campaign spokesman, released the following statement: "Governor Tomblin has made the decision to not attend the Democratic National Convention. As he has said, he has serious problems with both Governor Romney and President Obama. The governor feels that his time is best spent working in West Virginia to move our state forward instead of attending a four-day political rally in North Carolina."
In West Virginia's May primary, Tomblin joined fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin in refusing to say whether he voted for Obama.
A federal prison inmate in Texas who got his name on the state's ballot got nearly 41 percent of the vote, thanks in part to West Virginians angry over the president's energy policies.
Tomblin's Republican challenger, Bill Maloney, didn't immediately comment.