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State Republicans chastise Collin Peterson for switch on health care reform

Minnesota Republicans are jumping on Congressman Collin Peterson’s weekend statement that, even after voting against health care reform, he’ll now support it and “work to make this work.”

Peterson made the remarks to party faithful at a DFL rally at a casino near Redwood Falls Saturday, which was covered by the Marshall Independent:

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.”

In a statement today, Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton emphasized that his party will use the congressman’s statements against him in Peterson’s re-election campaign:

“Collin Peterson’s decision to now ‘support’ ObamaCare is the latest stick in the eye to his constituents. The voters of the Seventh Congressional District oppose this reckless nearly trillion dollar spending bill that increases premiums, raises taxes by $500 billion and cuts Medicare by over $470 billion. After twice voting to make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House, Peterson voted for a massive job-killing national energy tax and insulted his constituents by stating that twenty-five percent of them were conspiracy theorists. In November, it’s time to finally replace this out of touch Beltway insider.”

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