Liberals To Dems: Vote No On Health Care, Get Challenged From The Left
Labor and progressives are sending a signal to House Democrats that there will be anger and retribution if health care doesn’t pass, and those who vote “no” will be targeted.
New York and a handful of other states have “fusion” rules that allow candidates to run on multiple ballot lines, giving minor parties like the Working Families a great deal of political leverage. For wavering Upstate New York moderates like Reps. Michael Arcuri, Scott Murphy, and Bill Owens, the line could mean the margin between victory and defeat.
The first target, however, seems to be Rep. Michael McMahon (pictured), a New York City Democrat who has indicated he opposes the bill.
SEIU President Andrew Stern wonders what’s the point if you can’t tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican on health care.
In districts where Democrats vote “no,” voters “will have the Republican against health and the Democrat against health care, and they’re going to ask themselves, ‘Where’s the candidate that shares my values,’” Stern told POLITICO. “A lot of us would like to run another candidate.”Click here for reuse options!
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