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Starting to worry about your reelection chances, Mr. Smith?
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Rep. Adam Smith, Once a Strong Obama Ally, Wavers on Health Care

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Colbert Report
Starting to worry about your reelection chances, Mr. Smith?
It isn't a shock that Vancouver Democrat Brian Baird would consider voting "no" on the health care reform bill currently before the House of Representatives. He's broken with the party before and is considered something of a maverick.

But now Adam Smith (D-Tacoma), a long-time backer of the President, says he's also on the fence. According to the Seattle Times, Smith, who voted with his party in an earlier vote on health care, is waiting to see what amendments are attached to the bill between now and the final vote on the bill, expected Sunday.

Smith was an early Obama supporter, calling the now-president the "the right man for the job" in Aug. 2007 and hosting a rally at the University of Washington for him with John Kerry in early 2008.

But now Smith faces a challenge by Republican Pierce County Council member Dick Muri, who was re-elected to his current position with 59 percent of the vote in 2008. Smith is also the only member of the Washington delegation singled out in a recent anti-health care bill ad blitz by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Apparently the pressure is starting to get to him.

Spokesperson Michael Amato says the reason Smith is considering voting nay is that he isn't convinced health care reform will actually save money in the long run. Amato adds that the Representative has meetings scheduled today with White House staff.

Maybe Smith's just angling for a ride in Air Force One. It worked with Dennis Kucinich.

 
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