Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher and I spoke to a crowd of more than 700 last night at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. Most of the conversation was about Obamacare. I asked those who had contacted House members by e-mail or phone to stand, and only about a quarter of the audience did. That activism level represents a higher degree of interest than any other piece of legislation has ever garnered, but I think the engagement rate will shoot even higher in the next two weeks.
You can start here by sending an e-mail to your Congressman –which will be identified by the use of your zip code– and the same e-mail will be personalized and sent to all 58 Blue Dog Democrats. As Mike Pence said on my show yesterday as he reviewed the battle against Obamacare —transcript here— the most effective contact is with your own Congressman or a member of your state’s congressional delegation.
After that effort, please hone in on these two new targets, identified by Jay Cost’s reporting: New York’s Tim Bishop (NY-1) and Arizona’s Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8).
Bishop is being challenged by Chris Cox, Richard Nixon’s grandson and a formidable campaigner and fundraiser. Please consider a $25 or $50 contribution to Chris via his website, and then call or e-mail Bishop and let him know you contributed to Cox and there’s more where that came from if Bishop votes for Obamacare. Bishop’s contact info:
D.C. Office: Phone: (202) 225-3826
Fax: (202) 225-3143
Corum Office: (631) 696-6500
Southhampton Office: (631) 259-8450
Giffords represents the Tucson area has drawn many primary opponents, but the frontrunner is probably former state senator and Army officer Jonathan Paton. Again, if you can spare $25 or $50 to Paton’s campaign, follow up that contribution with a call to Giffords’ offices with the same message as above: There’s more where that came from if you vote for Obamacare.
Gifford’s contact info:
D.C. Office: Phone: (202) 225-2542
Fax: (202) 225-0378
Tucson Office: Phone: (520) 881-3588
Sierra Vista Office: Phone: (520) 459-3115
Wait, there’s more.
Colorado’s 4rth Congressional District should be a Republican seat and my friend Tom Lucero is running to take the seat back from Betsy Markey. Please donate to Tom and then let Markey know you don’t live in her district but that you will be sending more support to Lucero if she votes for Obamacare. Markey’s contact info:
D.C. Office: Phone: 202.225.4676
Fort Collins Office: 970.221.7110
Greeley Office: 970.351.6007
Lamar Office: 719.931.4003
Sterling Office: 970.522.0203
And that brings us to the Buckeyes. At least five of Ohio’s Democrats are on the fence and may vote against the bill. Please call them all. Zach Space especially has been swamped by calls and I urge you to continue to contact him again and again, and to find everyone you know who lives in his district or Ohio to do the same. Then repeat for Charlie Wilson and the others:
Rep. Zack Space – Ohio’s 18th District
DC Phone: (202) 225-6265
Dover (330) 364-4300;
Zanesville (740) 452-6338;
Chillicothe (740) 779-1636
Link to E-mail
Rep. Charles Wilson – 6th District
DC Phone: (202) 225-5705
Canfield (330) 533-7250;
Marietta (740) 376-0868;
Bridgeport (740) 633-5705;
Ironton (740) 533-9423;
Wellsville (330) 532-3740
Link to E-mail
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, 9th District
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-4146
Fax: (202) 225-7711
Toledo: (800) 964-4699 or (419) 259-7500
Rep. John Bocieri
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-3876
Canton: (330) 489-4414
Rep. Steve Driehaus
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-2216
Cincinnati: (513) 684-2723
To do everything requested in this post would take less than 90 minutes and cost less than $100. It is focused and effective activism against Obamacare. The more these phones ring and the e-mail inboxes fill up, the more these Members have to consider that a yes vote on Obamacare may cost them their jobs in November. The president and the speaker will be leaning on them, but what will either of them do for these men and women when, come next January, they are out of a job because of a vote for a risky and wildly unpopular scheme that cuts Medicare by a half trillion dollars?