OH-16: Boccieri Willing to Commit Political Suicide for Health Care?
Unlike like Dennis Kucinich, Congressman John Boccieri apparently can’t be persuaded with a simple flight on Air Force One and public arm twisting:
Urgently wanting his “yes” vote on the health care bill, the White House late last week invited U.S. Rep. John Boccieri, D-Alliance, to attend President Barack Obama’s Monday afternoon speech on health care in Strongsville.
The president’s staff even offered Boccieri a ride to Ohio on Air Force One.
But Boccieri’s spokeswoman, Jessica Kershaw, said the congressman, who flew home separately Friday, had other plans.
Declining to join Gov. Ted Strickland, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, and five Ohio Democratic congressmen in welcoming Obama about 1 p.m., Boccieri opted not to make the 50-mile drive to Strongsville, even though Obama was going to talk about Boccieri’s constituent, Natoma Canfield, 50, of Medina.
But according to Hugh Hewitt, it’s a very different story behind the scenes:
Many of them won’t survive the fall campaign to hear them. Take Ohio’s John Boccieri for example. The Canton Democrat is allegedly pro-life, but the Senate bill subsidizes abortion and eliminated the House bills provisions concerning freedom of conscience for providers. Boccieri refused to show up for the underwhelmingly attended rally led by the president in Ohio yesterday, but House Whip James Clyburn said that Boccieri, a “no” vote in the fall, will be switching over to vote yes now –demonstrating not only that he’s easily pushed around by San Fran Nan, but that his first vote wasn’t an honest one but designed for cover.
Blue Dog Democrats in Ohio have to walk a fine line here by supporting an agenda that their constituency overwhelmingly opposes. But my question is- What sort of things did the White House have to do to get Boccieri into a position that he will probably vote yes? Unless it’s pictures of him with a dead girl or a live boy, what else would possibly make him so eager end his career in Congress?
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