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Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Potential Baldwin challenger: Health care bill 'worse than nothing'

Dave de Felice figures he's doing Tammy Baldwin a favor by looking at running against her in the Dem primary next year.

A challenge from a fellow Dem will only make her a better candidate, he claims.

"We're not in a monarchy. You don't inherit these seats in perpetuity," said de Felice, who's in his third term on the Dane County Board and has formed an exploratory committee to look at running against Baldwin, D-Madison, in office since 1999. "That's why they have elections every two years."

de Felice, a legislative aide to state Sen. Spencer Coggs, D-Milwaukee, has indicated he plans to run to Baldwin's left on some issues -- an interesting proposition to some considering the incumbent has consistently been ranked as one of the more liberal members of Congress during her decade in office and is the only openly gay woman serving in the body.

But de Felice accuses Baldwin of abandoning her principles in voting for the health care overhaul that the House approved on Saturday, saying the public option was watered down when it was re-written to allow insurers to negotiate reimbursement rates. de Felice said that kills hopes for cost controls, and he would have voted against the bill.

"That bill is like Congress drilling holes in a sinking ship to let the water out," de Felice said. "It is worse than having nothing."

Listen to the full interview:
http://wispolitics.com/1006/091112_de_Felice.mp3

See more in Friday's WisPolitics REPORT.


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