CivicForumPac chairman Ford O’Connell was quoted today on FoxNews about the relations between the President and Republicans:
But Republican strategist Ford O’Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, said Republicans canceled the meeting because they smell a rat.
“Look, the latest meeting is obviously an Axelrod PR stunt. It reeks of it,” he told Fox News. “After Obamacare, the president has a lot to do in terms of working to get Republican trust back.”
O’Connell was referring to the president’s appearance last spring at a GOP retreat in Baltimore where Obama was seen as using the meeting to ambush Republicans on national television and browbeat them.
“People expected everybody to come together and essentially President Obama burned them and it’s going to take a long time for them to get over that,” O’Connell said. “But they don’t have a long time. They are on the clock. They have to work with the White House to achieve it, especially on tax cuts.”
Both parties were holding leadership elections in the House on Wednesday. But with everyone strategizing about the delay of game on the White House meeting, the GOP has delayed plans for a press conference after the votes.
The “leadership table will not have been set by the original time — the freshmen will not have had their elections concluded,” a Republican aide told Fox News.