Many Democrats have been seeking the voice of First Lady Michelle Obama, hoping she’ll use her platform and influence to speak out against the various changes, reforms and positions taken by the GOP, including their push to sue the President.
While she’s been silent about many of the current issues and debates happening on the Hill, earlier Wednesday FLOTUS addressed those at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, calling the estimated 58,000 homeless veterans in America “ a stain on the soul of this nation.”
Her words come in light of Congress’ plans to drastically reform the Veterans Administration. As Congress debates a long-term plan to reform the Veterans Administration, the House GOP has been vocal about their concern over the cost of government funding into the VA program. The bill has since been passed in both the Senate and the House.
The GOP has also shown disinterest and lack of approval for many bills and reforms not only being made by President Obama, but FLOTUS as well. From her husband’s immigration reform proposals to her anti-obesity campaign, it seems as though the GOP has it out for the Obamas.
With that, the Democratic party hopes that Michelle will use her platform and power to raise awareness (and funds) to Democrats who will be voting in the November elections. With the GOP resistance being so strongly voiced, Dems hope Mrs. Obama will be able to represent the Obamas and their political platform to spaces that are reluctant to welcome the president.
Specifically, Dems are hoping FLOTUS can go and encourage voters to head to the polls in governor elections ( in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin), and also to spark a national interest into the House races.
Casey Mann, the Democratic Party executive director in North Carolina, says, FLOTUS has “ the opportunity to maintain the hope and the idealism that so many of us had during the 2008 and 2012 elections. She provides an opportunity for regular folks to connect outside of that gridlock, to be able to connect to the message without having the same institutional opposition so to speak.”
Though in the same way she’s known for voicing her passion about particular matters, her dislike of the politics and fundraising is just as known.
While it’s not clear the role Mrs. Obama plans to play in Novembers midterms, many Dems hope (and political observers suspect) that she will take the approach of being an advocate for voter registration and encouraging citizens to vote rather than hardcore campaigning for a particular platform. Her very direct way of pushing voter participation has the Democrats hoping it will indirectly align those influenced by FLOTUS to vote for the Democratic agenda.