To the Residents of NY-29: Massa Knows Best

Posted: Aug 17, 2009 7:21 PM
Just thought you'd like to know that your representative in Congress doesn't seem to care much about actually representing you.  During a conversation with a group of Netroots activists during their Netroots Nation convention in Pittsburgh over the weekend, Democrat Congressman Eric Massa (NY-29) reiterated his support for a single-payer health care plan and insisted he knows what's best for his constituents, despite what they might think:

MASSA: I’m not going to vote for [H.R.] 3200 as it’s currently written.  Step one, I will vote for a single payer option or a bill that does have a medicare coupled public option, which we don’t have right now.  If my town hall meetings turn into the same media frenzies and ridiculousness, because every time that happens we lose. We lose another three million people in America.  They see that happening and negate us.

PARTICIPANT: It changes America.

MASSA: Every time that occurs.  So what happens in my town hall meetings frankly is important, because I am in one of the most right wing Republican districts in the country, and I’m not asking you guys to go back to wherever and send people to me.  This is a generic statement of what can I do?  Well that’s one thing we can do.

PARTICIPANT: So if we got your meetings to sixty-forty, you’d vote…and there was single payer in a bill... you would vote for it?

MASSA:  Oh, absolutely I would vote for single payer.

PARTICIPANT: If there was sixty-forty sentiment in the room?

MASSA: Listen, I tell every audience I’m in favor of single payer.

PARTICIPANT: If there was eighty-twenty in the room?

MASSA: If there was a single payer bill?

PARTICIPANT: And there was a single payer….

MASSA:  I will vote for the single payer bill.

PARTICIPANT: Even if it meant you were being voted out of office?

MASSA: I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district if I actually think what I am doing is going to be helpful.

(inaudible participants' comments regarding the "interests" of the district statement from Mr. Massa)

Massa: I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help them.

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