Congressman Ike Skelton (D – MO)
Apparently, for Congressman Ike Skelton (D), it is.
I just called his Washington office and the nice person on the other end of the phone, in response to my question, “Now that Congressman Stupak is supporting the health care reform bill, will Congressman Skelton vote for it?,” responded, “No…”
Remember this, from 1993?:
…The turning point for Margolies-Mezvinsky came when she made a last-minute switch to support the 1993 Clinton budget after months of publicly voicing her opposition to the bill because it did not contain enough spending cuts. During her campaign, she had promised not to raise taxes, and the budget proposed a hike in federal taxes, including a gasoline tax. On the day of the vote, she appeared on television and told her constituents that she was against the budget. Minutes before the vote, however, on August 5, 1993, President Clinton called to ask Margolies-Mezvinsky to support the measure. She told him that only if it was the deciding vote-in this case, the 218th yea-would she support the measure. “I wasn’t going to do it at 217. I wasn’t going to do it at 219. Only at 218, or I was voting against it,” she recalled. She also extracted a promise from Clinton that if she did have to vote for the budget package, that he would attend a conference in her district dedicated to reducing the budget deficit. He agreed (and later fulfilled the pledge). Nevertheless, Margolies-Mezvinsky told Clinton “I think I’m falling on a political sword on this one.” When she finally walked onto the House Floor to cast the decisive vote, passing the measure 218 to 216, Democrats cheered while Republicans jeered, “Goodbye, Marjorie!” She later recalled that “I knew at the time that changing my vote at the 11th hour may have been tantamount to political suicide…. [but] the vote would resolve itself into one simple question: Was my political future more important than the agenda the President had laid out for America?”…
A freshman legislator had to be the deciding vote while long time (and safer) incumbents couldn’t exhibit any political courage.
You know, we elect people to office to make the right decisions, not to be frightened by half truths, opposition distortions, the propaganda arm of the rnc, or crazy people. It’s not supposed to be too much to ask to do the right thing. But, apparently, it is in Missouri.
I expressed my extreme disappointment to that nice person on the other end of the phone.