Friday, October 2, 2009

Meeting with Congressman McMahon, NY District 13

Today I met with Rep McMahon from Staten Island, along with 5 other representatives from progressive organizations, as well as 6 members of the local Tea Party. We had a relatively civil discussion, enabling each side to articulate their point of view and why they disagreed with the opposite view. Although Rep McMahon was not clear about his opinion, it was heartening to hear him press the Tea Party people about their views on Medicare, specifically whether they believe if we should get rid of it. In the end, it was clear that beyond the facts, there were some striking ideological differences about rights, values and the role of government.
The next Monday, Rep McMahon held a townhall meeting where he stated his public support for HR 3200 as well as the public option. Yay!

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