This week, I will be on the road with Americans for Prosperity as I will assist them in their upcoming health care town hall series held in LaCrosse, Madison, and Wausau. However, I will be coming to those three cities to see how the constituents of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressmen Ron Kind and Dave Obey feel as they are being short changed on the health care debate.
First, Ron Kind who may be running for Governor next year could lose the election next year for refusing to hold health care town halls in the population centers of his congressional district even if he decides to run for Congress instead. Congressman Kind refused to accept AFP’s invitation to listen to concerned constituents in La Crosse who want their voices heard on health care reform. The big reason is that Kind does not want to face the fact that the City of La Crosse is turning red and knowing that he may be in the fight of his political life against Dan Kapanke. La Crosse is showing red after Kapanke has won two tough election fights for State Senate and electing Republican Mayor Matt Harter in April by double digit margins. Also add on that State Rep. Jen Shilling is more unpopular with voters could be a key reason why Rep. Kind short changed LaCrosse for Thursday.
Also, I am anticipating the Wausau event that will be held in the suburb of Rothschild to be packed to the walls. There could be a lot of constituents not pleased with Dave Obey for refusing to hold health care town halls during this congressional recess. Many people in Wausau and Stevens Point and nearby want to talk to Congressman Obey on health care reform and have been putting the pressure on the 40 year incumbent to hold these sessions. Personally, any constituent in the 7th District regardless where they stand on the health care debate would feel slapped in the face as this truly demonstrates that Obey is putting Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid first before the people of the 7th District.
Lastly, having tele-town halls should not be an excuse to have nose to nose conversations with the constituents of the 2nd District. There are people in Jefferson County and Sauk County who want their voices heard as this seat is not just the City of Madison. Tammy Baldwin should know this well and therefore should make an effort to listen to people in her district regardless where they stand. As Madison and South Central Wisconsin is not becoming reliably blue right now, Baldwin should take the time to listen.
Hopefully, regardless where people stand there will be a civil and honest discussion of ideas on health care reform and I encourage anyone in the 2nd, 3rd, or 7th districts to come to these sessions with an open mind and a healthy exchange of ideas.