UPDATED: Dixon snubbed, unsnubbed and resnubbed
Many of the nation's mayors are going to the White House tomorrow, to talk to Barack Obama and Joe Biden about urban policy.
When the U.S. Conference of Mayors sent of the list of who would be attending, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's name wasn't on it.
That left us wondering if this was another snub.
It was just this week that Dixon, indicted earlier this year on a dozen fraud and misuse of office charges, acknowledged that she was "bothered" that Obama didn't mention her by name when he swung through Baltimore on the weekend before his inauguration. She called it "a lonely part" of the day, in a televised interview that appeared on WJZ.
Dixon has been in Florida this week for a conference on homelessness. When her aides starting fielding questions from the Baltimore Sun's Annie Linskey and others about why Dixon was not going to the White House, apparently the schedulers started scrambling.
The mayor's office told Linskey this afternoon that Dixon indeed will be going to the White House tomorrow. So perhaps she has unsnubbed herself?
UPDATE: After we posted this item, the mayor was uninvited. We're doing some more reporting now. Full story in tomorrow's print edition of Baltimore Sun, and online at www.baltimoresun.com.
Click on the link below to see the original list of mayors scheduled to be in Washington.
U.S. MAYORS TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Washington, D.C. – The nation’s mayors have been invited by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden to the White House for a meeting with The Conference of Mayors leadership on the morning of Friday, February 20, 2009. Led by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, over 60 mayors will also meet with Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and White House Senior Staff.
The mayors meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden will take place from 10:30 a.m. to
11:15 a.m. in the East Room of the White House and will be OPEN to the press. The mayors will also hold a press availability at the White House at 11:30 a.m. immediately following the meeting (location is TBD).
Following the White House meeting, the mayors will gather at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C. for a session with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Program Director Gil Sperling, and U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office Acting Director Tim Quinn. This meeting is CLOSED to the press.
The nation’s mayors commend President Obama and Congress for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is in line with the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ priorities, and look forward to working with the Administration to implement this landmark legislation toward transforming our national economy for the 21st Century.
WHO (as of 2/19/09):
USCM PRESIDENT MANNY DIAZ, Miami FL
USCM VICE PRESIDENT GREG NICKELS, Seattle WA
USCM SECOND VICE PRESIDENT, ELIZABETH KAUTZ, Burnsville MN
DOUG PALMER, Trenton NJ
DONALD PLUSQUELLIC, Akron OH
THOMAS MENINO, Boston MA
RICHARD DALEY, Chicago IL
JERRY E. ABRAMSON, Louisville KY
JOE RILEY, Charleston SC
JAMES BAKER, Wilmington DE
THOMAS MARK BARRETT, Milwaukee WI
RALPH BECKER, Salt Lake City UT
TERRY Michelle BELLAMY, Asheville NC
JUAN CARLOS BERMUDEZ, Doral FL
MARTY BLUM, Santa Barbara CA
CHRISTIAN BOLLWAGE, Elizabeth NJ
ROBERT L. BOWSER, East Orange NJ
JAMES BRAINARD, Carmel IN
KEVIN BURNS, North Miami FL
MARTIN J. CHAVEZ, Albuquerque NM
DAVID N. CICILLINE, Providence RI
MATTHEW W. CLAMAN, Anchorage AK
MICHAEL COLEMAN, Columbus OH
JOY COOPER, Hallandale Beach FL
FRANK COWNIE, Des Moines IA
RONALD DELLUMS, Oakland CA
ROBERT DUFFY, Rochester NY
JILL C DUSON, Portland ME
WILLIAM EUILLE, Alexandria VA
MICHAEL FAHEY, Omaha NE
SHIRLEY FRANKLIN, Atlanta GA
LOIS FRANKEL, West Palm Beach
WILLIAM E. GLUBA, Davenport IA
PHIL GORDON, Phoenix AZ
MUFI HANNEMANN, Honolulu HI
PATRICK HENRY HAYS, North Little Rock AR
DARWIN HINDMAN, Columbia MO
JAMES HOLLEY, Portsmouth VA
HEATHER HUDSON, Greenville MS
FRANK JACKSON, Cleveland OH
BRENDA LAWRENCE, Southfield MI
THOMAS LEPPERT, Dallas TX
MARK MALLORY, Cincinnati OH
DANNEL MALLOY, Stamford CT
PATRICK McCRORY, Charlotte NC
RHINE MCLIN, Dayton OH
ARLENE MULDER, Arlington Heights IL
RAY NAGIN, New Orleans LA
GAVIN NEWSOM, San Francisco CA
DAVID POPE, Oak Park IL
MIGUEL PULIDO, Santa Ana CA
LUKE RAVENSTAHL, Pittsburgh PA
RAUL SALINAS, Laredo TX
JAMES SCHMITT, Green Bay WI
DAVID SMITH, Newark CA
JOHN ROBERT SMITH, Meridian MS
MARK STODOLA, Little Rock AR
KATHY TAYLOR, Tulsa OK
CHARLES TOMLINSON, Corvallis OR
ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA, Los Angeles CA
BRIAN WAHLER, Piscataway NJ
ELAINE WALKER, Bowling Green KY
JONATHAN WEINZAPFEL, Evansville IN
BILL WHITE, Houston TX
ASHLEY SWEARENGIN, Fresno CA
USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran