- It is definitely possible that the winner of the MA-05 race will be seated in time to vote on the override attempt. The election is on October 16, and the vote is currently scheduled for October 18. Says the Eagle-Tribune:
There is precedent for new House members to be seated within two days of a special election. Congressman Stephen Lynch, a Boston Democrat, won a special election on Oct. 16, 2001, and was sworn in Oct. 18, 2001.
If they did it then, I don’t see why they couldn’t do it now.
- The Idon’tknowski campaign is so terrified of this issue that they’re getting incoherent about it.
Dustin Olson, Ogonowski’s campaign manager, declined to say how Ogonowski would vote.
“This is a partisan trap they’re trying to draw us into,” Olson said.
A partisan trap?? That’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen a campaign manager say. No, Dustin — it’s called doing the job. A big part of the job of Members of Congress is to vote on important issues. (Perhaps no one mentioned that at Karl Rove’s training camp?) If Ogo is unwilling to disclose how he’d vote on an issue of this magnitude, where his vote could in fact be the deciding one, he is not worthy of the job.
- Further reflecting the confusion within Team Idon’tknowski:
The Eagle-Tribune previously reported Ogonowski would vote to uphold the Bush veto. However, Olson said campaign spokesman Barney Keller may have misspoken in conversations with Eagle-Tribune reporters.
- Finally, the Eagle-Tribune shows the Globe how it’s done.
Olson said Ogonowski supports SCHIP expansion but thinks the bill Congress passed makes it too easy for illegal immigrants to get Medicaid benefits and deprive “disadvantaged kids” of benefits they deserve.
The bill Congress passed requires people seeking Medicaid benefits paid for by SCHIP to provide a Social Security number instead of a passport or citizenship documents as currently required. Ogonowski wants the bill rewritten to keep the current standard in place.
Not bad. I’d prefer it a little stronger, but at least the Eagle-Trib reporter (Edward Mason) comes right out and says that the bill requires something. You wouldn’t know that to listen to Barney Keller, or to read the Globe story.
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