Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre knows the question before it's asked. "Yes, I'm here. I'm Mike McIntyre."
"Here" is the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. A question entering the convention was whether moderate Democrats -- particularly electorally endangered ones -- would appear at event. To appear allows opponents to paint them with the broad brush of the party, when candidates like McIntyre often distance themselves.
U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell is not attending. But the other other major Democrat not scheduled to make an appearance in Charlotte is Attorney General Roy Cooper, statye officials said. Cooper is running unopposed this year.
McIntyre, who will speak to the state delegation Tuesday morning, is also hosting a fundraiser at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He called the convention "a great way to showcase North Carolina. It's also a great way to boost theeconomy."