Things continue in a downward spiral for the Obama campaign. Rep. Larry Kissel (D-NC) is going to buck the law and Barack Obama as he claims that he will vote next week, along with Republicans, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He also claims that he will not endorse Barack Obama for president in 2012.
Kissell was one of seventeen Democrats to cross over and vote with House Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
The Charlotte Observer reports,
“I’ve heard from hundreds and hundreds of people from my district about their opposition to the health care law,” Kissell told the Observer Monday. “I voted against it originally and I will vote to repeal it.”
Kissell also said he doesn’t plan to endorse Obama for re-election and isn’t sure he’ll attend his party’s national convention in Charlotte.
Kissell represents the 8th District, which runs from Mecklenburg County to Robeson County. Last year’s redistricting added heavily Republican areas of Rowan, Davidson and Randolph counties while removing thousands of Democratic voters in Charlotte and Fayetteville.
While Kissell’s record is in line with voting for Barack Obama, since there have been redrawn districts it has made him, along with Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), the most vulnerable Democrats in the country. Even their colleagues claim that they are voting because of how their districts favor conservatives.
While some constituents are upset with him for his vote last week and his planned vote next week, some claim that he gains support from Democrats and Republicans alike as an independent voice. Stephanie Formas, spokeswoman for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee said that Kissell has been a “voice for North Carolina families focused on creating jobs and fighting Republicans’ efforts to deeply cut Medicare.”
I can only guess that it is merely a political move for re-election, but assuming that is correct, my advice to his constituents is to let him vote to repeal Obamacare and then boot him out come November. We need consistency from our representatives, not just voting the correct way when it’s politically expedient.
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