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Thursday, November 12

More fallout for Murphy

The fallout to U.S. Rep. Murphy over his 'no' vote on the House health care reform bill continues today, in both online and physical forms.

First, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched a web ad targeting Murphy and other Democrats who voted against the bill. An email sent out by the committee to its 250,000 members calls Murphy a "bad Democrat."

"Poll after poll shows that even voters in conservative areas want health care reform and demand the public option. Scott Murphy won his special election thanks to ads featuring President Obama, yet he voted the president's top domestic priority: health reform that Murphy's constituents desperately need. We're making sure he pays a political price back home for that," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Second,, a left-leaning advocacy group, has planned a 4:30 rally outside of Murphy's Clifton Park office for this afternoon.

"We are at a historic moment for health care policy. Late Saturday night, the House voted to pass the health care bill that contains the public option. Unfortunately, Congressman Murphy voted against the bill. We will be meeting to show the Congressman that we are disappointed with his vote, and urge him to follow the lead of Senator Schumer, a true champion of the public option," said a description of the rally posted on the organization's website.

As you can read in my story from Tuesday's paper, Murphy felt that the reforms would not bring adequate reform to the health care system, and said that he hopes the Senate send back a bill that will better jive with his views, and yet, the idealistic vote may have served to curry negative sentiment among many of Murphy's supporters. Time will tell how this vote effects him.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Scott Murphy for actually having the courage to vote his convictions. Now look at the radical left rallying to cruucify him for not following the rest of the lemmings into the sea of debt this bill would create! Tort reform is the answer to health care costs in this country-but of course, that would mean legislators(lawyers)voting to curtail their own...yeah, right.

November 13, 2009 at 9:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I don't agree with Murphy's vote, I'm ok with his reasoning and can respect that. I also respect people's right to let him know of their disapproval. Just a little thought and reasoning will help you realize that this is not just a "radical left" thing to do. If I recall, the tea partiers did plenty of protesting earlier in this debate for red herrings like tort reform, which the GAO estimated accounts for about 1-2% of the problem. Can you say, "drop in the bucket?"

November 13, 2009 at 10:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to admire the Democrats for their steadfast desire to demonize anyone that has an opposing viewpoint. I agree with Murphy's vote and while he may be a bad democrat, he is a good american. Anyone sharing the vision of is anti-american, and those democrats are dangerous.

Health care reform would be a great endeavor and if congress proposes health care reform, I'll support it. The legislation opposed by Congressman Murphy was not reform.

I don't share the same philosophy as the Democratic leadership. I don't believe in population control through abortion, sterilization, end of life planning. I still believe in Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

November 16, 2009 at 7:50 PM 
Blogger Andrew J. Bernstein said...

To commenter "Casey,"
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In answer to your question, comments on this blog are only moderated on days during which I'm in the office. Usually I work Monday-Friday, which means you can expect comments submitted during the work week to be published within several hours of being posted.

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November 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM 

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