UPDATE - 01/20/2011 - READER SAYS THEY (TEA PARTIERS?) WILL RISE UP AGAINST CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI IF HE DOES NOT DELIVER AS PROMISED.
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To: "Martin Olson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mr. Olson:In response to your commentary regarding Mr. Renacci voting party lines, blah, blah, blah....
Once Obamacare was crammed down our throats against our will, we (meaning those of us who campaigned for, contributed to, and voted for Jim Renacci) got mad, really mad, and found someone who promised to repeal this Obamination. We worked our butts off for him and others like him. I personally contributed to and campaigned for many others across the country who are now in office. You see, politics is really only local, locally. When the elected officials in Washington make decisions, those decisions affect me. Those decisions affect the entire country, not just the people who voted for them in their districts, but EVERYONE.Mr. Renacci is keeping his promise, and if he doesn't, we'll fire him just the way we fired the Boccieri/Pelosi puppet. ... (emphasis added/SCPR)
The Stark County Political Report was the first Stark County media to figure out early on that John Boccieri as congressman would follow the Democratic Party line whether or not it was in the interest of 16th District residents.
Boccieri feigned as if he was going to vote NO on Cap and Trade legislation which was designed to limit the production of hydrocarbon into the atmosphere. But the reality of his "Congress on Your Corner" presentations was that his "bob and weave" maneuvers were that they employed in order to make 16th District voters think that Boccieri mulled over each and every piece of legislation that came along to determine the interests of his constituents and to vote accordingly.
One of Congressman Jim Renacci's main campaign themes was that Boccieri was a Pelosi/Democratic Party loyalist first and foremost voting 94% of the time with the party line. Here is a video of Renacci on the campaign stump on September 7, 2009:
Yesterday, Congressman Renacci voted along with 240 other Republicans for HR 2 in lock-step.
For anyone who thought that Renacci might distinguish himself in standing apart from the Republican Party/Tea Party line ("Kill the Bill") on Health Care legislation inasmuch as he openly admitted in pre-vote media interview that even from his perspective, there were features of the Democrat's bill which are good and need to be retained; perish the thought.
The SCPR's take on Renacci is that he is "samo-samo" and he will end up with a loyalty vote percentage the equal or higher than Boccieri's.
Time will tell, but the SCPR will be tracking Reancci's each and every vote.
With redistricting in the offing due to Ohio's loss of two congressional seats due to population loss, there is little likelihood that the 16th will remain as it is and that there will be a Bocciceri rematch. Nevertheless, Renacci better hope he gets a politically safer district because if he does, as The Report believes he will, and consistently voters the Boehner/Republican Party line in the face of his constituents' interests, he will need a "we elect Republicans no matter what district" in order to return to Congress in 2013.
Increasingly, competitive political districts do not allow for either Republicans or Democrats to vote the party line.