Rep. Collin Peterson, a former foe, tells DFLers he now supports health care reform law

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, who voted against the health care reform bill, spoke briefly at a DFL fundraiser Saturday at a casino near Redwood Falls.

At the very end of a story in the Marshall Independent newspaper about the fundraiser is this paragraph on Peterson’s short speech to the partisan crowd:

“I’m aware people are very much disappointed in my vote,” Peterson said, citing thousands of phone calls and e-mails at his office. “There are reasons for it,” although he said it would take more time than he had to explain them all. Now that it has passed, however, Peterson said, “I will support it, and I will work to make this work.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 03/29/2010 - 11:52 am.

    You really have to feel sorry for Democrat congressmen hoping to keep their seats in red districts; they’re in a no-win situation.

    That being said, I think Peterson would be better served by defending his vote to angry leftists than by further angering the conservative majority in his district.

    If a guy’s got to go, and he does, at least he could take his integrity with him.

  2. Submitted by John Farrell on 03/29/2010 - 12:02 pm.

    Dear Rep. Peterson,

    Your new health care stance is courageous.

    Many Democrats like myself will show you the same support – we may not vote for you, but we’ll support you after the election!

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/29/2010 - 12:19 pm.

    With friends like this ….

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