Bennet is feeling the pressure at home for bailing on his promise to “save the public option,” and now he’s lashing out. A local TV news outlet in Bennet’s hometown of Denver reported last night that Bennet says he “doesn’t confuse the blogosphere for real people and real voters.” Watch the local news report to the right of this post (our petition delivery starts about 1 minute in; Bennet’s quote is at the very end).
The petition we delivered yesterday included signatures from more than 35,000 people across the country, including about 2,000 Coloradans. But Bennet wants to plug his ears and pretend people who support the public option and want him to follow through aren’t “real people and real voters.”
That’s not the only instance of Bennet feeling the heat. His campaign went as far as to accuse his primary opponent, Andrew Romanoff, of “aligning with the GOP” to “embrace the kill the bill strategy.” Bennet sent out a press release chock full of lies about what Romanoff is asking, and what the Senate is actually debating. Here’s just a snippet:
As final, critical health care reforms are considered in the Senate, Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff — who has consistently refused to support Democratic health care reform efforts — continues stand with Republicans in Washington in opposition to real health care reforms.
What else to call this but a crock of shit? Romanoff is simply asking Bennet to do what he wanted to from the beginning: include a public option in the reconciliation package. For Bennet to go as far as to accuse his opponent of “aligning with the GOP,” and then to allege his constituents are not “real people,” is beyond the pale.
If you’re in Colorado, please call Senator Bennet and tell him that you are in fact a real person and a real voter, and that you simply want Bennet to do what he said he’d do: save the public option.
If you’re not in Colorado, we’re blanketing the state in online ads ahead of the vote in the Senate later today. We want to engage Coloradans to pressure Bennet in these final hours. Please donate to help us run these ads now.