Now that the election is over, we can get down to the serious business of finding out where the candidates stand on the issues. Within hours of being sworn in, we learned where Rep. William Owens stands on the the Demorcrat health care proposal. He voted against the Stupak amendment that would have banned federal funding for abortion, a decidely pro-choice position even though in the campaign he said he was personally opposed to abortion.
Mr. Owens then was one of 220 Members who voted in favor of the health care bill, although reports suggest he had various positions during the campaign.
There was never any doubt he would support the measure as he was the choice of DC Democrats to try and flip the seat, as that was the prime reason for nominating John McHugh as Secretary of the Army. The endorsement of Mr. Owens by the Service Employees International Union and the Working Families Party were key parts of his victory and these endorsements were as clear an indication of Mr. Owens intentions as the Club for Growth indicated the proclivities of his opponent, Doug Hoffman.
This health care bill faces tougher sledding in the Senate and with only a two vote majority in the House, it will be difficult for House leaders to prevail in conference on things like the public option.
Owens, Now, Comes Out for the Health Care Bill | The New York Observer