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February 9, 2016

23 of 25 Vulnerable Democrats Vote in Favor of Upton Bill

Kirkpatrick voted against the Upton bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kirkpatrick voted against the Upton bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virtually every House Democrat listed as vulnerable by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call voted for Republican Michigan Rep. Fred Upton’s Keep Your Health Plan Act.

Two vulnerable Democrats voted against the bill: Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona and John F. Tierney of Massachusetts.

Overall, 39 Democrats joined with the vast majority of Republicans in order to pass the bill; 23 of those 39 Democrats are rated as vulnerable to some degree. Unlike their fellow delegate Kirkpatrick, Arizona Reps. Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema voted for the bill.

What’s also striking about Kirkpatrick and Tierney is how different their districts and political situations are.

Republican presidential nominees have carried Arizona’s 1st District in the last three elections. Mitt Romney won the district by 2 points in 2012. Arizona Sen. John McCain carried it by 3 points in 2008, and President George W. Bush won it by 2 points in 2004.

Kirkpatrick was elected to Congress in 2012 with 49 percent of the vote after losing re-election in 2010. Arizona’s 1st District is currently rated Toss-Up/Tilts Democrat, according to Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

In contrast, Barack Obama and John Kerry carried Massachusetts’s 6th District with at least 55 percent in the last three presidential contests. But Tierney faces an increasingly serious challenge in the primary, and the congressman could be concerned that supporting any effort to delay or derail the president’s signature piece of legislation could hurt him with a Democratic electorate.

Tierney is also likely to face a competitive rematch against Republican Richard Tisei in the general election. The congressman was re-elected to a ninth term in 2012 by defeating Tisei by 1 point. Massachusetts’s 6th District is currently rated Leans Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    If free markets are to work well, civilized moral standards and proven legal principles must be in place to guide separate competitors working independently in the marketplace.

    • Rob_Chapman

      Exeactly the premise behind Obamacare. Clearly, Lib, the GOP Hiouse Caucus prefers a health care system that allows Congress to keep its thumb on the scale.

  • aquinas215

    Once dependent upon centralized authority, the tendency is toward more centralized planning, requiring more central control and on and on.

  • aquinas215

    A deranged liberal named Floyd Corkins was just sentenced to 25 years in prison for his violent domestic terrorist attack last year in Washington, DC:

  • Igor Shafarevich

    As Elie Halevy pointed out, those who preach from collectivism’s altar claim to believe in two things which are very different and quite contradictory: freedom and organization.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    The forces of today’s liberalism are the same forces that impelled its marxist, socialist, and communist ancestors.

    • Rob_Chapman

      Marx, Lenin and Stalin and the Romanov Imperial Navy have been resurected and moved to Washington?

      Clearly, Igor, you do not believe that Russian Bolshevism is anything other than an anomoulous situation created by perfect storm of Romanov despotism and Hohenzollern opportunism?

  • Rob_Chapman

    Hmmm, a bill that would have passed if they voted against it, that stands no cnance of being enacted into law, that gives them political coverage in their districts…….maybe I am just too cynical about the members of Congress.

  • Victory_for_Freedom_2014

    I hope this makes it obvious how unpopular Obamacare is; I mean why are people so afraid to say this bill is not a good one? It’s as though they are afraid to say anything for fear of being called a “racist”–a term which has become ubiquitous with anyone who disagrees with anything our Dear leader/Chairman says.

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