Kissell 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.