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Larry Kissell gives constituents the cold shoulder

imagesKissell quietly announced his opposition to the House health care bill shortly before the floor vote. After voting against health reform, he went silent.

The Richmond County Republican Party Chairman Lee Butler actually made a good point about Kissell’s position:

He said the announcement felt like a victory for local Republicans.

“The voters of this district voted out Robin Hayes, who was a Republican and the best representative the people of this district ever had, especially for Richmond County, to bring in a representative that is supposed to represent the Democrats,” Butler said. “Now, he is basically supporting the same ideas and platforms, in essence, that Hayes did, and doing exactly what Hayes would have done.”

Now, according to the good folks over at BlueNC, Kissell is not talking to constituents who want him to explain his vote.

He has also not issued any more press releases on the topic and has not written (at least that I can see) any constituent newsletters lately. Perhaps he is feeling the heat. Or maybe he doesn’t care what progressive voters think.

8 Comments


  1. PAW

    November 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    what about Cong. Shuler?

  2. AdamL

    November 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I guess the Shuler and McIntyre votes were less surprising, although they are both ignoring constituents as well.

  3. IBXer

    November 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

    The latest Gallup survey released on Monday shows only 29% say they’d advise their congressman to vote for the health-care bill.

    Less than 1 in 3 people want their congressman to vote for Obamacare. How in the hell are any of you surprised by these votes? Are you f@%king retarded?

  4. AdamL

    November 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

    As always, IBXer, your opinion is nuanced and informed. I’m guessing that you attend a government school.

  5. IBXer

    November 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    When I visit a site like this, I expect to see comments posted by people who are interested enough in the topic of politics to know a few basic truths. When it comes to politics, no truth is more basic than the fact that politicians will act like politicians.

    When I see you guys posting comments about being surprised by a Congressperson for voting against a very unpopular bill, it is just embarassing.

  6. Adam Linker

    November 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    And it’s embarrassing — this is how you spell “embarrassing” by the way — to point out that health reform is not “very unpopular”. That’s especially true among Democrats, which is where Democratic lawmakers find most of their money and support.

  7. IBXer

    November 17, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Mr. Linker, I went to a NC public school, so I have earned the right to spell embarrassing how ever I darn well please :-)

    You are right about money and support, but without independent voters they will not have a job. The latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 58% of independents are opposed to the bill in the House.

  8. AdamL

    November 17, 2009 at 9:40 am

    No doubt — the divisions on the bill will make it an interesting political challenge for some Dems. But Kissell is risking that his base will be turned off and stay home on election day. He can make a play for independents, but first he must energize his natural supporters.

    Also, poll numbers generally even out just before a big piece of legislation passes. Then the polls improve once a bill is passed and people discover that we are not contracting with China to run our hospitals. It’s especially helpful that there will be an immediate infusion of money into high-risk pools to quickly expand coverage to many people currently locked out of the insurance market.

    And Kissell should at least call constituents back — that’s inexcusable.

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