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(D-CO) Bennet willing to sacrifice seat over health vote
Politico ^ | 11/22/2009 | Josh Gerstein

Posted on 11/22/2009 1:06:58 PM PST by markomalley

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said Sunday that he will vote for landmark health care reform legislation even if it means he will be defeated at the polls next November.

"If you get to the final point and you are a critical vote for health care reform, and every piece of evidence tells you, if you support that bill, you will lose your job, would you cast the vote and lose your job? " CNN's John King asked Bennet on the "State of the Union" program.

"Yes," said Bennet, a former Denver public schools chief who was appointed to the Senate by Colorado's governor when President Barack Obama tapped Ken Salazar to be interior secretary.

King warned Bennet that the video of his vow would be sequestered in the event he is voted out next year.

"All right. That tape will be held -- I hate to tell you that, but that tape will be held right now," the CNN host said.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 111th; bennet; bhohealthcare; colorado; michaelbennet; obamacare; suicidecommunists; suicidedemocrats
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To: rodguy911

Jane Norton, former Republican Leutenant Governor.

He is also facing a primary from Andrew Romanoff, former Colorado House Speaker. Obama has already thrown his weight behind Bennet in the primary, which has made many Colorado dems upset.


51 posted on 11/22/2009 2:16:10 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: rodguy911

You’re probably right. Everyone wants to hit Obama’s “stimulus” and “TARP” slush funds before all the big bucks are gone.


52 posted on 11/22/2009 2:16:56 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that hopey changey "diversity" thing workin' out for ya?)
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To: keepitreal

Sounds good. Maybe the Dems can get ozero to come out and campaign for Bennet then our margins will skyrocket.


53 posted on 11/22/2009 2:21:35 PM PST by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I had always thought that with all the murders and the rest that the clinton mob had to be the most corrupt regime ever but now I am having second thoughts.
54 posted on 11/22/2009 2:22:56 PM PST by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: markomalley
This is exactly how we got to where we are today --- where our Congresscritters persevere in cramming a huge power-grab bill down the throats of Americans who OVERWHELMINGLY oppose the legislation.

Yes, the voters have to follow through in kicking the bums out.

But the less talked about part of the story is that, the way Washington works now, Congresscritters are increasingly more afraid of their party leadership than of the wrath of their constituents.

The ONLY sway the people have over these critters is the power to *fire* them. But that is NOTHING compared to the power of the party bosses, who have the power to *hire* them --- that is, to see that, in the event they do get fired by the people, they get hired by think tanks, commissions, panels and so on.

So a member can vote in a way that represents his constituents --- and get told by party bosses, "You'll never work in this town again." IOW, forget about ANY lucrative post-Congressional opportunities.

Or he can vote against his constituents, take his chances on re-election, and if he gets defeated, the party bosses say, "Don't worry, we'll make sure you get appointed to a lucrative position on a commission, etc."

The people truly are the "little people" in this scenario. Because members no longer care if they get re-elected or not. They have big-time POST-CONGRESSIONAL JOB SECURITY so long as they stay in favor with the party bosses.

Again, their post-Congressional job opportunities often are MUCH more lucrative than simply being in Congress --- and, hey, it beats being unemployed --- but those opportunities are controlled by the Pelosis of the world. So of course they end up bowing to her rather than representing their districts.

Voting the bums out only has an impact on a member's vote when the prospect of losing his seat bothers him. Which it doesn't if Pelosi has said, "You'll get a nice lifetime job at the FCC if you lose your seat. But if you vote against me, you're finished."

55 posted on 11/22/2009 2:24:00 PM PST by fightinJAG (Mr. President: Why did you appoint a bunch of Communists to your Administration?)
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To: keepitreal
Jane Norton

Who pre-selected her for Coloradans ?

Was it Juan McShame ?

Is she a conservative ?


56 posted on 11/22/2009 2:27:15 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
See my explanation here, # 55 , of why these critters don't give a lick about betraying their constituents.

Hint: it's not altruistic "for the good of the cause" crapola.

"Sacrificial" voting gets rewarded with post-congressional job security. Voting with your constituents may help you keep your seat, but it ruins your career prospects once you leave Congress. So, big whoop, from the member's point of view.

It's like "Ooohhh, hurt me by voting me out --- Nancy will make sure I land a lifetime cushy job somewhere in Washington and I won't even have to run for reelection ever again!"

57 posted on 11/22/2009 2:31:19 PM PST by fightinJAG (Mr. President: Why did you appoint a bunch of Communists to your Administration?)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Jane Norton is a RINO. Unless Ken Buck gets some help, the GOP elite will force us once again to hold our nose when we vote....


58 posted on 11/22/2009 2:33:23 PM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: tips up

Isnt former secretary of the interior Norton running for this seat?


59 posted on 11/22/2009 2:33:32 PM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Kenny
We all need to start calling this guy what he is, a traitor, willing to overturn the will of the American people to help this coup succeed.

I'm betting there is also a fair amount of self-interest involved.

These guys get promised big-time opportunities to soothe the potential loss of their congressional seat. OTOH, if they vote against the party, and then lose their seat, they've also given up those "open doors."

60 posted on 11/22/2009 2:33:43 PM PST by fightinJAG (Mr. President: Why did you appoint a bunch of Communists to your Administration?)
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To: rodguy911

I’ll send you an email.


61 posted on 11/22/2009 2:35:56 PM PST by Morgan in Denver (Democrats: the law of unintended consequences in action.)
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To: C19fan; LS

Five, Bennet, Burris, Gillebrand, Kaufman and the one who replaced Kenedy. Funny as hell if they lost all of them!!!


62 posted on 11/22/2009 2:37:55 PM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Morgan in Denver

thanks Buddy


63 posted on 11/22/2009 2:39:03 PM PST by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: Trteamer

Please elaborate why you think she deserves the label RINO.

Do you just like Ken Buck better or are there stances on issues that make her a closet democrat (after all, isn’t that what RINO means?)

Thanks in advance for the information.


64 posted on 11/22/2009 2:43:59 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: markomalley

Then it is very clear that Bennet doesn’t represent his constituents if he votes against their desires. That is a fundamental keystone of our representative republic - you are there to represent those who elected you - not some socialistic moron who prefers to play golf instead of getting the country working again.


65 posted on 11/22/2009 2:45:47 PM PST by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
Is she a conservative ?

Here's her stance on the issues. You decide:

http://janenortonforcolorado.com/issues

66 posted on 11/22/2009 2:47:12 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: Red Steel

And that is my greatest worry.


67 posted on 11/22/2009 2:47:58 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: markomalley
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said Sunday that he will vote for landmark health care reform legislation even if it means he will be defeated at the polls next November.

"If you get to the final point and you are a critical vote for health care reform, and every piece of evidence tells you, if you support that bill, you will lose your job, would you cast the vote and lose your job? " CNN's John King asked Bennet on the "State of the Union" program. "Yes," said Bennet

Well, this has been my point since Obama won the election. He and the Democrat controlled House and Senate will pass healthcare no matter what, even if Obama's approval rate falls to 20%.

The Democrats have the votes they need to pass anything they want. The so called blue dogs lined up with the Democrat liberal leadership without blinking an eye, notwithstanding their claims that they are moderates and centrists. This debate should have been stopped yesterday, but they managed to get the 60 votes they needed with a little bit of dealing. All these Senate procedures are meaningless if the Democrats reliably have 60 votes, considering they only need 51 to pass the bill.

Of course the rats want to wrap up this monstrosity before the 2010 elections since some of them might be replaced by Republicans, changing their game plan to destroy the country. The Democrats are good at talking and the blue dogs make it sound like they might vote against it, but all they are doing is looking to be bought off for the highest amount possible, i.e Landrieu and the $100 million 'incentive' for her vote.

68 posted on 11/22/2009 2:52:47 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: keepitreal
Thanks

I see she believes in murdering innocent babies however.


69 posted on 11/22/2009 2:59:53 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: markomalley

bump


70 posted on 11/22/2009 3:08:13 PM PST by VOA
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Ah, you paint with a very broad brush. She is not pro-abortion.

From her website:

•I am pro-life and believe abortion should be outlawed except in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother.
•I opposed all federal funding of abortion.

Ken Buck on abortion:

The other leading Senate contender, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, supports traditional marriage and opposes abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_13480455

So, in essence, both are pretty much the same. It’s not perfect, but it’s by far better than the outright pro-abortion stance of the dems.


71 posted on 11/22/2009 3:15:22 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: edge10

In other words: To hell with what my constituents want.
+++++++++++++++

This seems to be happening all over the place with our ‘public servants’ (how laughable is that?) badgering and buffeting us and calling us terrorists and the like.

2010 is coming.


72 posted on 11/22/2009 3:19:45 PM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773!)
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To: stylin19a

You must live on the big rock candy mountain or in one of the more popular parts of the land of Oz.


73 posted on 11/22/2009 3:24:37 PM PST by dr_who
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To: keepitreal
I hope Jane Norton blows him out of the water and he can go back to the rock he crawled out from underneath.

I hope we can do better than Norton.

74 posted on 11/22/2009 3:25:05 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Kenny

A traitor to our country! Call him what he is!
++++++++++++++++

Problem is, we have darn close to 60 traitors in the Senate, right now. We can only hope 1 or 2 heroic figures emerge from among them to aid in the resistance and stem the tide against the socialist onslaught.


75 posted on 11/22/2009 3:27:07 PM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773!)
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To: PawtucketPatriot71

He also tells me Bennet is very unpopular. So yes, Bennet will vote for the 0bama-Pelosi-Ried Care bill as one final way to stick it to the people.
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Nice, huh?


76 posted on 11/22/2009 3:29:17 PM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773!)
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To: Texas Eagle

Very good identification of God. We all should do that religiously. Enough of this, we all have the same God. NO, we don’t!

Our son’s middle name is Elijah and it means; Jehovah is God!


77 posted on 11/22/2009 3:29:27 PM PST by 4Godsoloved..Hegave (Never explain yourself, Your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe it.)
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To: markomalley

We will help him with the second part of that plan - the part about being voted out of office.

This should be a good election cycle for the pubs in 2010. The governor is very unpopular and should loose handily unless the republicans totally screw it up. Bennett is little known and also quite vulnerable, particularly in an overall election hostile to the dems.

Hopefully we can find a better candidate to run for gov than Norton - another RINO retread. If we can get a good candidate for either race, it should generate some excitement this coming year. Hopefully we will find a good candidate for BOTH races....
There are some promising names on the horizon if the party does not choose to go with the same old same old.


78 posted on 11/22/2009 3:29:43 PM PST by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: Achilles Heel

Bennett is on his way out anyway. There is little chance he could win a statewide election.


79 posted on 11/22/2009 3:31:10 PM PST by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: Renegade

If it doesn’t go into effect in 2014 what happens to all the “TAX” money collected from now till them ??? Will we get a rebate ??
++++++++++++++

That really is a dream!


80 posted on 11/22/2009 3:31:18 PM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773!)
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To: VR-21

I’ve often wished that conservatives had the same devotion to their cause as marxists do.
+++++++++++++++

I think we’ve been awoken.


81 posted on 11/22/2009 3:32:16 PM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773!)
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To: MileHi

Who do you have in mind? Time is running short. I don’t see Buck being able to pull it off.


82 posted on 11/22/2009 3:34:14 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: cruise_missile

Dont count out Hickenlooper. He is the dark horse on the D side, and could parlay his popularity in Denver proper to do some damage. I’m not sure he won’t challenge Ritter is a primary for the gov race this year, but could also have his eye on the senate.
He could potentially give us more trouble than Romanoff, although I don’t see a dem winning either the senate or gov this year unless something big happens between now and then to totally change the picture

(Or unless the pubs run a tired old RINO like Norton)


83 posted on 11/22/2009 3:35:33 PM PST by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: AmishDude

I have an idea.

A simple idea which should destroy this thing once and for all.

SINGLE-PAYER LEGAL CARE

That’s it. Apply the principles of single payer to lawyers.

Rewrite the 2000 page bill by crossing out “doctors” and writing in “lawyers”.

Mandate the maximum amount lawyers can receive for their services.

See how they like it.
+++++++++++++

Beautiful. Are you really Amish?


84 posted on 11/22/2009 3:36:15 PM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773!)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

More of a tired old RINO retread

We can do much better than Norton.


85 posted on 11/22/2009 3:37:12 PM PST by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: C19fan

You have four appointed Senators: this clown, Gillebrand ,Burris, and the one who replaced Kennedy who could be the deciding factor in jamming this down our throats.
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Goes to show you why the governor’s races are important.


86 posted on 11/22/2009 3:37:27 PM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773!)
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To: Mom MD
a tired old RINO retread
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87 posted on 11/22/2009 3:38:25 PM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773!)
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To: C19fan

>> You have four appointed Senators <<

I’d say there are at least five, since Al Franken was “appointed” by ACORN!


88 posted on 11/22/2009 3:41:04 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: keepitreal
Norton>•I am pro-life and believe abortion should be outlawed except in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

Ken Buck >opposes abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

kir>So, in essence, both are pretty much the same. It’s not perfect, but it’s by far better than the outright pro-abortion stance of the dems.

Not to those murdered.

And not to YHvH, the creator of the universe.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
89 posted on 11/22/2009 3:54:49 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: samtheman

I can’t give you a definitive read on what King/CNN was saying to Bennet.
But here are my two takes:

1. By “sequester”, King may have been saying basically the same thing
as Rush says when he says “FLAG THE TAPE!!!”...in other words, that
is an audio clip that must be held onto for future replay.

OR

2. By “sequester”, King may have been giving Bennet “a wink and a
knod”...as in “We here at CNN will NOT release the audio/video
of your appearance today. Lest somebody like Limbaugh might play it
again and again and again when you and a sh-tload of your fellow
“bomb-belt” Democrats are looking for a job on the day after the first
Tuesday of November 2010.”

Which one of my parsings (or some other alternative) is correct...
I’ll leave that to the experts on the political “NewSpeak” that gushes
forth every second of the day from Washington, D.C.


90 posted on 11/22/2009 3:54:52 PM PST by VOA
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To: VOA

I fear that Kind was implying #2. Otherwise, he would have said something like “you know, this tape isn’t going anywhere. It will still be in our files come election day.”

But he didn’t say that. He used the weird (for this case) word “sequester”... which makes me think the worst.


91 posted on 11/22/2009 3:57:33 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Mom MD
More of a tired old RINO retread

We can do much better than Norton.

If my memory serves me,
I believe that Juan McShame blew into town and anointed her.

Guilt by association.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
92 posted on 11/22/2009 3:58:01 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: SeattleBruce

Which is why the gop(they deserve lower case) in Mass. rolling over for the rule change is all the more infuriating. The Dems cheated to get to the point where they can hoodwink the US citizens with a bribe-laden bill forced through over the weekend.


93 posted on 11/22/2009 4:08:05 PM PST by JerseyDvl (Dedicated Palinista who is suffering from an extreme case of Baracknaphobia. Severe reaction to BS!)
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To: markomalley

This a-hole was appointed but preaches like he was anointed.


94 posted on 11/22/2009 4:20:00 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: markomalley

He’s talking s**t. Nothing matters to these jackals more than staying in office.


95 posted on 11/22/2009 4:22:21 PM PST by ScottinVA (The arrogance of this Congress is staggering. November 2010 can't get here quickly enough.)
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To: markomalley

Sounds good to me, the guy is a loser and it should help us to get rid of him next year when he will need more than the only one vote he got from Gov Ritter.


96 posted on 11/22/2009 4:23:58 PM PST by R0CK3T
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To: markomalley

“Bennet, a former Denver public schools chief “

that explains a lot!!!


97 posted on 11/22/2009 4:28:58 PM PST by dalereed
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To: markomalley

Bennet is toast. I’m plugging in the toaster right here in Colorado Springs. It is going to be so much fun to drive this idiot’s numbers below 40%.

In the polls, he’s behind everyone, including names nobody knows.


98 posted on 11/22/2009 4:31:13 PM PST by cookcounty ("O-bama, O-bama, Ya ba Ouna, Ya ba Ma !!")
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To: Clintonfatigued

Bennett is just pandering as he will soon have a tough primary fight. He wants to appear spunky.


99 posted on 11/22/2009 4:32:23 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
"Is she a conservative ?

Yes, Norton is conservative, perhaps not conservative enough for uber purist Doug Bruce, in that she tends to be polite in communication (think Dana Perrino), but no RINO.

I was supporting Frazier before he backed out in favor of unseating Ed Perlmutter in CD-7.

100 posted on 11/22/2009 4:36:10 PM PST by cookcounty ("O-bama, O-bama, Ya ba Ouna, Ya ba Ma !!")
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