While we're talking about no-shows, it's important to note that poor attendance isn't just a problem with Democrats - there are Republicans who can't show up for their jobs either.
GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann missed 37 percent of votes since she entered the Presidential race, far more than fellow House members who are also running for the office:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has missed nearly 40 percent of votes in the House since she formally launched her presidential campaign.
Bachmann’s absentee rate, which is significantly higher than the two other House members running for president, could be used by her GOP opponents on the campaign trail.
When confronted with this by a reporter, her response was "No comment", followed by "I’m not doing an interview with you now."
At least her campaign didn't beat the reporter up this time.