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    Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress

    GOUVERNEUR, NY - Congressman-elect Bill Owens was sworn in at noon today.

    Owens indicated in a press release released shortly afterwards that he was now in favor of the the "Affordable Healthcare for America Act" bill in direct contrast to his earlier position during the election campaign.

    According to Politico.com, Mr. Owens assured voters that he felt the public option had no place in the health care reform bill. Contrary to that position, Mr. Owens now indicates that he intends to vote in favor of the bill even though it now contains a public option.

    UPDATED: A spokesman for Congressman Owens indicated correctly that Mr. Owens had recanted his solid position against public option later in the campaign, clarifying that he did not wish public option to be a 'litmus test' for the Health Reform bill and that on Oct. 30th, several days prior to the election, in a debate had stated that he generally supported the public option as it was now written (at that time.)

    Mr. Owens also indicated during his campaign that he was firmly opposed to cutting Medicare benefits, taxing health care benefits, and increased taxes on the middle class in any way as you can see clearly in the screenshot below, taken directly from Mr. Owens' campaign website.
    The Gouverneur Times - Your Online News Source

    Well, Hoffman's election is sealed in 2010, and this guys a temp. All those idiots that voted for him based on his "promises" SHOULD dump him come next Nov... little late I suppose, the horse has left the barn, but still.
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    Re: Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress

    I'm not sure why this is surprising. I always assume that any campaign promise a politician makes is made SOLELY to get elected. How they will act after being elected will only be known after they are elected. Perhaps it's cynical, but I think it's often accurate.
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    Re: Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I'm not sure why this is surprising. I always assume that any campaign promise a politician makes is made SOLELY to get elected. How they will act after being elected will only be known after they are elected. Perhaps it's cynical, but I think it's often accurate.
    Because people, being the fools that they are, voted for him because he promised he would be moderate and in fact, in many other ways, more conservative than Scozzafava(and not hoffman).

    He was an actual blue dog, a moderate. and now, he is out of the seat.

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    Re: Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I'm not sure why this is surprising. I always assume that any campaign promise a politician makes is made SOLELY to get elected. How they will act after being elected will only be known after they are elected. Perhaps it's cynical, but I think it's often accurate.
    Some do, some don't. Normally a politician waits a while before exposing himself as unreliable...

    This was just blatant spitting in the face o his voters.
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    Re: Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Some do, some don't. Normally a politician waits a while before exposing himself as unreliable...

    This was just blatant spitting in the face o his voters.
    Well, to be fair, Scozzafava wouldn't have been better and may be actually been worse as the Republican. So the only person who had a shot would have been Hoffman but that wasn't meant to be, I think - thanks to the RNC and Newt for having "GOP" blinders on because there was a (R) next to Scuzzy's name. Harsh lesson... better luck next election. Maybe the GOP will get the message to not back BS RINO members.

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