Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dent and Gerlach Targeted

Belated note from the inbox:

Following the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in the U.S. House of Representatives last Saturday, Organizing for America (OFA)-Pennsylvania, a project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), announced today that its volunteers would be called on to drop by the offices of Republican Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA), who voted against health reform but whose constituents voted for President Obama in the historic 2008 election. OFA volunteers in Pennsylvania are being asked to drop by the offices beginning as early as tomorrow through the middle of next week to remind Reps. Gerlach and Dent that Pennsylvanians in their districts voted for change in 2008 and urge them to reconsider their position when the House votes again on a final bill later this year. The office visits are being organized nationwide through an email from OFA Director Mitch Stewart sent to OFA supporters in 32
Republican Congressional Districts where President Obama won in 2008. The email can be found at the bottom of this release.

Volunteers and supporters of health insurance reform in both the 6th and 15th Congressional Districts will join together in a show of support by visiting each representatives office to ensure Reps. Gerlach and Dent know that their constituents support President Obama’s plan for reform that would achieve three goals; provide more security and stability to people who have insurance; provide more quality, affordable options to those who don’t; and lower the cost of care for American families, businesses, and the government.

“Last fall, voters in Pennsylvania’s 6th and 15th Congressional Districts voted for President Obama and sent Reps. Gerlach and Dent to Congress. Americans here in Pennsylvania made it clear they wanted change and were tired of Washington’s partisan bickering,” said OFA PA State Director Elizabeth Lucas. The House’s vote offered a choice to members; stand with your constituents and support reform, or side with the insurance companies by voting against reforming our broken health insurance system. Unfortunately, Reps. Gerlach and Dent made the wrong choice.”

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