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Are people mad because Larry Kissell is a moderate?

The press suggests again and again that many people across the state are mad at Larry Kissell because he is a moderate.

The N&O recently wrote, for example, that the “middle is a dangerous place”.

It continues:

With our politics particularly polarized, it is increasingly difficult to be in the middle. Take 8th District Democratic Congressman Larry Kissell of Biscoe. Although he is the first Democrat to hold the seat in a decade, he had a stiffer-than-expected challenge in the Democratic primary because he voted against the health care legislation.

It’s true that Democrats that helped elect Kissell are frustrated that he would vote against health reform. The larger problem is not his vote, but his prevarication.

In statements, editorials, and campaign mailers he continues to misrepresent reform. When pressed, he changes his justifications for voting against reform.

He says that he does not want to cut Medicare. But he will not specify what Medicare provision in the bill he opposes. Is it the gradual reductions in Medicare Advantage benchmarks to reduce overpayments in high cost areas like Miami and Los Angeles? Is it the alteration of market basket updates that the Obama administration negotiated with hospitals? That’s the bulk of Medicare changes. Which one of these two provisions will cause seniors to choose between food and medical care?

If Kissell simply said that he canvassed his district and found that even after correcting the misinformation his constituents oppose reform — then his vote would draw less opposition. I could certainly accept that explanation.

The problem is that Kissell isn’t providing an honest defense of his vote. That’s the behavior some people have come to expect from typical politicians. But a typical politician is not what Kissell supporters thought they were getting.

4 Comments

  1. Crush42

    May 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Congressman Linker, you are SO right. GO SEIU!

    May I submit the 12 people in this state that blog don’t matter. The actual 8th District voters knew what they were getting and got it and will re-elect it again.

    Common sense.

  2. Adam Linker

    May 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    You don’t need to submit anything to me Senator Sarcastic. I’m not advising people on how to vote. I’m just explaining that many are frustrated — including many people I talk to in the actual 8th District — not because of Kissell’s vote but because of his misrepresentations.

  3. HunterC

    May 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Kissell’s opponent in the Democratic primary got 14,600 votes.

    That’s a few more than 12.

    It’s also more than the margin Obama won NC in 2008.

    I think it’s fair to say that folks voting in a Democratic primary in 2010 are pretty steady voters that Obama needs to carry NC again in 2012.

    Anybody that thinks Obama can ignore 14,600 votes in NC just isn’t looking a facts.

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