There is no room for Rep. Bill Owens to take a powder on the health care vote since fellow upstate Democrat Michael Arcuri of Utica has flipped to the no side.
Members of Congress worried about electoral blowback from a yes vote is making it difficult for Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer to hold the herd together....The original health bill barely passed in 2009, and now the House will be asked to approved the Senate version as a prelude to promised reconcilliation that will add items to the final product to placate the left.
Representitive Owens was mute on the bill during last year's campaign until the last moment. He voted for the bill shortly after taking office.
The bill is expected to be an issue trotted out by whomever of the three Republicans who run against Owens.
Meanwhile, Mr. Arcuri....who barely won in 2008, did the calculus and decided the bill is a loser politically.
Sometimes leadership will allow a member like Owens who is in a close race to vote no for local political expediency. Not so on this issue...There are no more votes to spare.
For Mr. Owens, its hard to say if the increasingly blue North Country electorate will see a yes vote as a plus for minus.
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