Markey targeted by new pro-health reform campaign
Moderate Democratic U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey is being targeted by a pro-health reform campaign that will run in the districts of 17 members of Congress for the rest of the week in advance of a vote in Washington. The campaign is the work of Colorado Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). It features a $1.7 million ad buy, robocalls to 4th District voters and a rally at Markey’s offices in Fort Collins Wednesday. The YouTube of the ad has already started making its way around Colorado blogsites.
According to a release sent out by SEIU, more than 300 small business owners in Markey’s district have supported the campaign. The HCAN campaign in Colorado reports the participation of 42 organizations across the state.
SEIU Colorado reports it represents “40,000 healthcare workers, public service employees, janitors and other property service workers. It is the largest healthcare union in Colorado.”
So far this month, Markey has sent out releases touting positions and work on the census, child literacy, earmark reform and road safety. Her exact position on perhaps the most significant legislation of the decade, health reform, has gone unreported. The vote this week will turn on similarly moderate Democrats, mostly representing swing districts like Colorado’s Fourth.
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