Reverse Midas Touch: House Democrat won’t attend Obamacare Road Show in Ohio; Update: Protesters line streets, video added
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Cue The Police: Don’t stand so, don’t stand so, don’t stand so close to me…
Representative John Boccieri, Democrat of Ohio, whose vote on major health care legislation could be crucial to the outcome, will not be attending President Obama’s health care rally on Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, not far from Mr. Boccieri’s own district, a spokeswoman said.
Mr. Boccieri is focusing instead on a major infrastructure announcement this morning at Akron-Canton Airport, where the chief of the Federal Aviation Administration, Randy Babbitt, delivered a $16.6 million check for a runway extension and improvement project.
Mr. Boccieri has said the runway project would create up to 60 jobs and lift the local economy. The runway work is part of a 10-year, $110 million capital improvement plan at the airport that began in 2008.
In recent days, Mr. Boccieri has indicated that he is undecided on the current version of the health care legislation. In November, he was one of 39 Democrats who voted against the House bill.
Via the NYT.
The time for talk is over. The time to kill the bill, stop the constitution-butchering slaughter house, and start over is now.
Protesters are lining the streets in Strongsville — making their voices heard:
Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care proposals turned out early to protest outside a suburban Cleveland recreation center he plans to visit.
Protesters stretched for several blocks leading to the president’s this afternoon speaking location in Strongsville.
They waved to passing vehicles and held signs including “Don’t stick me with your Obamacare” and “Kill the bill.”
Feel the ghost of Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy:
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She was a fresh force in politics, a former TV journalist who won election to Congress in 1992 from a district outside Philadelphia that Republicans had held since 1916. Promising to oppose new tax hikes and fight to hold down federal spending, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky came to Congress on the back of President Clinton’s coattails.
Then she became the margin of victory for Clinton’s 1993 budget, which actually eliminated the deficit for the first time in decades by raising federal taxes on the middle class. She knew she was committing political suicide but felt it was the right thing to do. As she cast her vote, Republicans salivated at the opportunity to defeat her — filling the chamber with shouts of, “Goodbye Marjorie.” She was defeated in the next election.
Now, as Democrats try to corral the needed votes to push President Obama’s healthcare reform package across the finish line, conservatives have made no secret that they plan to use the same playbook to defeat moderates in usually Republican districts who vote for the bill. Already, Americans for Responsible Health Care — a 527 campaign group funded by a single wealthy individual, the same one that backed Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown in his upset victory in January — is running radio ads in seven states — Arizona, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia — warning members of Congress who already voted for the bill once not to do it again.
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