What has happened to Larry Kissell?

Seriously, what has happened to Larry Kissell?

Rarely has a newcomer burst onto the scene with so much hope and potential as Rep Kissell did after winning election last fall. I saw his election to NC's 8th district as a strong indication that a long silent majority had spoken. What they had spoken for were the tenets of President Obama's campaign message. Not just hope and change, but for strong action to reform the way our country uses energy, for an opportunity fix our broken healthcare system, and for a chance to restore our standing in the larger political community. Now, barely 1 year after taking office, what has Mr. Kissell (a man I once declared that I would be honored to have represent my district) done? In short, with his votes against strong clean energy and climate legislation, against healthcare for all and for a regressive amendment that not only tells women what they can and can't do with their own money, but also jeopardizes their health, he has turned his back on the people and the policies that helped sweep him into office.

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Larry voted AGAINST the Stupak Amendment

So this part of you post is wrong:

and for a regressive amendment that not only tells women what they can and can't do with their own money, but also jeopardizes their health,

I stand corrected, Kissell

I stand corrected, Kissell did not support the Stupak amendment.

Every democrat worth a salt should be irate !!

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/66891-pro-lifers-praise-pro-choicers-condemn-stupak...

Say what you want. If you are a solid liberal or progressive democrat, you should be irate about "choice" not being included in the Health Care initiative just passed.

Does the democratic party think that cow-towing to conservative republicans will win us votes?

Look at the link. If you are anti-choice, then say so. If you are not anti-choice, you know what to do.

I have realized something important on this subject

Kissell, among other democrats, have had to make some political considerations with regard to some of the votes they have made recently. I am an advocate of politicians standing on their own particular principles, of course, and I am not an advocate of politicians voting for bills and supporting particular initiatives simply for political purposes, especially if it is done for pure political reasons.

I have read on a number of blogs (not always the best source of legitimate information, admittedly) that some of the congresspeople were given the "okay" by Pelosi to vote "no" on this health care bill after it was realized that there were more than the required 218 votes to get it done. This was done, per these sources, so that various congresspeople in swing districts and for vulnerable congresspeople so as to make sure their re-election chances would be better. I truly believe this explains the Kissell vote. I do not like this kind of "politics", but I do understand it takes place.

Kissell voted against hcr becuase Pelosi gave him permission

Kissell voted against health insurance reform because Pelosi gave him permission? I don't think that's going to help him win tea people votes.

Sure, it makes me feel a little bit better that he considered the consequences of his irresponsible vote. That said, the idea that voting against the shared values of the Democratic party will help you win an election is deeply flawed.

Kissell alienates his supporters, gives his enemies a victory, and provides cover for Senator Burr. How can 8th District Dems hold Burr accountable for being bought by the insurance lobby when our own Congressman is eagerly cashing checks?

I don't know your source...

but I disagree that Kissell was hedging his bets for re-election with the permission of the Speaker.

Larry voted his conviction. He believed this bill would cut funds from Medicare and his voting in favor of it - however much he believes in health care reform - would break his promise to never cast a vote that would cut Medicare.

While I don't agree that this bill does in fact cut Medicare benefits, I absolutely respect Larry's conviction to keep his promise.

The conviction of error

While I don't agree that this bill does in fact cut Medicare benefits, I absolutely respect Larry's conviction

And I'm convinced 2+2 = 753.

Please acknowledge my conviction and respect me for it, but for Gawd's sakes don't call me stoopid!

 

Deal.

I won't call you stupid.

Help me with an idea

I'd like to get a list of people who contributed to and/or worked for Kissell ... people who want to remind him of their previous support ... people who would be willing to sign an open letter encouraging him to reconsider his pig-headedness and vote for a good public plan ... in the unlikely event such a bill makes it through the bowels of the beast that is Congress.

Any suggestions on how to do this would be welcome. You can reach me by clicking on my name and sending me a message through BlueNC.

Thanks.