Saturday, August 29, 2009
Shameful...just shameful; only Carson gets it...
Indiana made a big splash in 2006 by totally changing its political stripes.
Voters returned Julia Carson and Pete Visclosky to Congress and added Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth. After a brief flirt with Mike Sodrel, the Indiana's Ninth District returned Baron Hill to the House of Representatives. This changed the balance of Indiana's nine seat Congressional delegation from just two D's and seven R's to five D's and four R's.
In 2007, Julia Carson lost her battle with cancer. After a Special Election, her grandson, André Carson, was sent to Congress. He maintained his seat after prevailing in a brutal primary battle. He scared away his Republican challenger Jon Elrod for the General Election leaving the 27-year old social worker Gabrielle Campo to battle him in November. The results were not pretty as he pulled in 65 percent of the vote.
Today, the youngest and newest member of the Indiana delegation to Congress is the only Indiana federal legislator to stand up for Democratic values on health care.
It doesn't surprise me one bit that four of Indiana's U.S. House members are not supporting a public option in the health care reform...they are Republicans. Senator Lugar's position is disappointing, but it's certainly not unexpected. What is surprising is that four Democrats in the House and Senator Evan Bayh (allegedly a Democrat) are all not (at least publically) supporting a public option in the health care debate at this point.
That brings us back to André Carson. Carson is the only true liberal voice in Indiana's delegation and is now on the record publicly supporting the public option. I could not be prouder of my friend and my Congressman for taking this strong stance, and, somewhat unfortunately, bucking his own Indiana colleagues' positions in the debate.
The rest of the Indiana delegation needs to look long and hard at themselves in the mirror and evaluate why they are Democrats. They need to evaluate why they decided to pursue public life. If they did it to truly help people, then they need to look at the same information as Congressman Carson and decide to support a public option in health care.
It's shameful that Indiana Democrats in Congress don't seem to know what it means to be Democrats. Instead, they would rather play defense at election time and preserve their own rears in the name of staying in power or running for the next office. Congressman Carson...thanks for putting your neck out there for real reform in this health care debate. BRAVO!
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