Like most Blue Dogs, John Salazar doesn’t want to give his position on a health care bill until he
extracts enough personal tribute sees it. He initially tells Mike Stark he’s not a member of either party but an independent, and then gives the usual non-committal patter about a public plan that 76% of Americans want.
Zappatero over at Square State project refreshes Rep. Salazar’s memory:
[W]ill Jon Salazar take the time to look at the uncovered and poor in his district, the procedures denied, the bankruptcies caused by unplanned visits to the emergency room in Pueblo, Gunnison, Durango, or Grand Junction? Will those with the most money to donate get most of his attention? Is a donation to a congressional campaign committee the most cost effective investment a corporation can cut make? The moment of truth is coming soon. We’ll see how much influence is bought by a campaign check and how much conscience is left in our representatives once those campaign checks clear.
Salazar knew enough about the bill last Friday to sign on to a letter from 40 Blue Dogs to Nancy Pelosi, telling her that it was unacceptable in its current form. Pelosi responded by saying today that changes would be made to accommodate them. Can 40 progressive members get it together to demand the inclusion of an overwhelmingly popular public plan? Evidently not.
If you want to talk to Rep. Salazar about his persistent memory problem, you can call him at 202-225-4761.