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Union irked that Ohio Dem voted no on health-care bill

Published: Mon, March 22, 2010 @ 1:10 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A union representing about 25,000 hospital, state and other workers in Ohio says it will no longer support the state’s only House Democrat to vote against the health-care bill.

The Service Employees International Union District 1199 says it’s disappointed that southeast Ohio Rep. Zack Space opposed health-care overhaul legislation that passed Sunday. The union says the measure will provide more people with access to affordable care.

Space said before the vote that he believed the bill would financially burden the working class and provide a windfall for insurance companies. His office did not have an immediate reaction to the union’s announcement today.

Space was among 34 Democrats who joined all Republicans in voting no. The bill passed 219-212.


1stain(27 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Votes have consequences. Elections will also have consequences.

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2stain(27 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Cue vindy message board generic boilerplate rethuglican talking points about union "thugs" in 3...2...1....

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Just wait until those highly pain union workers take a look at their withholdings .


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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

He's finished,..

He's a one term shill that slipped in deceptively wearing a D in party affiliation assuming corrupt criminal Bob Ney's seat.

He's no democrat and he's suspiciously very closely linked to a number of hotels sprouting up in Tuscarawas County.

His wife is a local judge in the area and in a manner of public acceptance he merely rode her coat tails into that seat.

He's a self interest individual whom now had better hope the money or promised after office position he sought was worth it.

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5Attis(1129 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Good to know that at least one politician from Ohio can think for themselves rather than fall lockstep into the party line and/or bow to demands/deals from party bosses. The fact that all Reps and nearly all Dems voted straight along dictatorial party lines should scare the hades out any citizen who still believes in democracy. Groupthink will never save us, and it sure could easily destroy us. Where are the Independents?

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6Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago


I am an Independent

Party has nothing to do with things like this. It's moral compass and values that guide your support or disfavor on issues like this.

Those that voted against a measure like this were either bought off, has a stake in the fleece that's gone on far too long.

Or are just so sold on being an obstructionist they reveled in their defiant manner of daring their constituents to vote them out.

As an Independent I don't bear any allegiance to towing a party line. I don't assess issues by color coding nor regional inception.

Upon hearing a proposal I read it for myself to distinguish need, impact and impetus behind the measure.

This is a measure that far and away exceeds meriting any opposition if you're truly a fellow American and not a shill the country would be better off without.

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7Woody(491 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago


We are not a democracy.

We are a Republic.

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8valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

He is going to lose either way in November.

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9stain(27 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Space will win in November. Who's going to beat him??? Bob Gibbs? Please. valleyred you rarely have a clue about anything and this is one of those times.

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10comeandtakeit(10 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

This man should be praised for standing up against his party.

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11Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago


No so fast,..

No matter the area nor seat a candidates electability hinges upon reach in regards to favorable acceptance and voter turnout.

With a candidate like him no matter if it's too late to run a primary challenger against him. It's a known practice for voters of the party he misrepresents won't turn out at the poles.

As well as people have been known to exercise their independence by voting against individuals like him.

It's not vindictive when the intent is to just wrest those like him out of the seat. In the manner of getting another candidate of their acceptance in at the next earliest primary.

To those in his area they'd not lose anything had any other candidate assumed his seat.

He's of no use nor asset to democrats nor Independents. So they'd only be hurting themselves by rewarding him for being a shill on their dime.

See political science isn't molecular physics and the voters know they'd be best served. By either just not voting for him or favor the other candidate.

Which are both effective ways to get their message across and vacate the seat for a forthcoming and more fitting candidate.

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12Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago



Where one vote not aligned with party accord certainly doesn't sink a candidate.

However, it comes down to effect and magnitude and on issues this needed. The response praise that he'd receive more than generally comes in the form of being shown the door.

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13paulydel(1598 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

If Stack loses its because once again people will show their stupidity like they did when they voted for Obuma.

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