Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate Democrats Warn Healthcare Groups Not to Meet With Republicans

So much for bipartisanship. Apparently even meeting with a Republican is considered a "hostile act" by some Democrats. I wonder what they would consider actually talking to a Republican; declaration of war?

http://www.rollcall.com/issues/54_144/news/35773-1.html
(Bold Mine)

"Top aides to Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) called a last-minute, pre-emptive strike on Wednesday with a group of prominent Democratic lobbyists, warning them to advise their clients not to attend a meeting with Senate Republicans set for Thursday.

Russell Sullivan, the top staffer on Finance, and Jon Selib, Baucus’ chief of staff, met with a bloc of more than 20 contract lobbyists, including several former Baucus aides.

“They said, ‘Republicans are having this meeting and you need to let all of your clients know if they have someone there, that will be viewed as a hostile act,’” said a Democratic lobbyist who attended the meeting.

Going to the Republican meeting will say, ‘I’m interested in working with Republicans to stop health care reform,’” the lobbyist added."

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