Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Just as it was three years ago, President Obama will be visiting Congressman Brian Higgins' district. Political analysts say it's something special.
"This is something every lawmaker works for," says political strategist Carl Calabrese. "That's face time on TV, an interview on the radio, a photo opportunity you can use to send to your constituents. It's more about bragging rights and something to show your grandchildren."
Michael Caputo says this could be very helpful for Higgins come next year's re-election bid. "Congressman Higgins is close with the Obama administration, and where the President of the United States appears is coin of the realm within the United States Congress," says Caputo. "A president from your party is coming to your town, in your district, it thrills your constituents and it can help you in your own re-election."
But can it decide an election? Calabrese doesn't think so, and neither does Canisius College's Michael Haselswerdt. "Incumbents tend to be in pretty good shape even without the president coming to town," he explains. "Certainly the president's visit is important, and if you're near him, there's an assumption that somehow you're important too. So, it's something good for their egos more than for real practical political value."