In the wake of the surprise Republican victory in the Massachusetts senate race, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah put out this statement:
Rep. Fattah Says: Respect Obama’s National Mandate and Push Ahead for Healthcare Reform
WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 20, 2010 -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) calls it “morally and intellectually dishonest” to argue that yesterday’s election in Massachusetts should trump the 50-state results of 2008. Here is his statement
“We as Democrats respect the results of yesterday’s special election in one state, Massachusetts, and will shortly welcome Senator-elect Scott Brown to Washington. In the same spirit I call upon our Republican colleagues to respect the results of the 50-state election that led to the inauguration, just one year ago today, of President Barack Obama. That 50-state election of 2008 produced overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress for the Obama program of progress, dignity and equity, especially in his advocacy for comprehensive healthcare reform.