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Where are the Va. Democrats on health care reform?

Anita Kumar

This morning, Republican leaders, including House Speaker Bill Howell, sent a letter to Virginia's Democratic senators urging them to oppose the U.S. Senate's health care bill.

In recent weeks, we have seen other Republican leaders in Virginia, including former governor and senator George Allen, weigh in on health care as well.

While we have heard from left-leaning groups on healthcare and other federal issues, we haven't heard a lot from Democratic elected officials in Virginia lately.

Where's House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong? And Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw? (Palm Beach, apparently.)

One reason Democrats may be so quiet these days is that they're still reeling from their enormous setbacks last month when they lost all three statewide races and half a dozen seats in the House of Delegates. But the more likely reason is that healthcare is just one of the many touchy issues for Virginia Democrats, who want to come across as progressive but still have to deal with a relatively conservative state. (Just ask Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds how tough that is).

By Anita Kumar  |  December 17, 2009; 3:11 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , James Webb , Mark Warner  
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