Mahoney May Not Attend Democratic Convention

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Freshman Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) told his hometown newspaper that he will not be attending the Democratic National Convention if his superdelegate vote isn’t needed because “I have better things to do in my district.”

Mahoney, an uncommitted superdelegate, also told the editorial board of Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers, that there was a possibility that a third candidate could emerge in the case of a deadlocked convention – and that former vice president Al Gore could become a compromise candidate.

Mahoney added that he doesn’t plan on endorsing either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the presidential primary because “I don’t see it as my job as a district representative.”

"I think my job is to make sure that whoever's running for president endorse the issues that are important to the people of the state of Florida," Mahoney said in the newspaper interview.  "The moment I choose Barack or Hillary -- it prevents me from being an advocate for homeowner's insurance reform."

Mahoney faces the prospect of a tough re-election bid in a Republican-leaning Florida district.  In 2006, Mahoney picked up the seat that was previously held by scandal-plagued GOP congressman Mark Foley.

Attorney Tom Rooney, state Rep. Gayle Harrell and Palm Beach Gardens councilman Hal Valeche are running in the GOP primary, which will be held on August 26.