OH-1: Steve Driehaus Knows the Health Care Bill Means Problems for His Re-Election Campaign
Check out his comments from the AP:
In the House, the freshmen bloc has the ear of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Conservative Democrats delayed the health care bill for days as tenderfoots such as Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus asked for time to study the proposals, and Pelosi eased away from a tax surcharge on the wealthy at the request of others.
“They know where the majority comes from,” said Driehaus, who faces a rematch in 2010 against former GOP lawmaker Steve Chabot, who was ousted last year. “On the one hand, they want to make sure that we hold the base of the Democratic Party. One the other hand, they’re working hard to ensure that we protect the seats that we’ve picked up over the last two cycles. That’s a tricky balancing act.”[...]
Lawmakers have faced the fiercest lobbying from conservative constituents. After a town hall meeting repeatedly disrupted by heckling and shouting, Driehaus walked out of the Cincinnati building this month with his 13-year-old daughter to face more protesters. Some were shouting his home address, which Driehaus deemed “a veiled threat toward the safety and of myself and my family.”
“There’s a lot of anger out there,” he said in an interview.
I can imagine Nancy Pelosi stopping by Driehaus’s office today and violently grabbing his testicles.