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Dem Congr Candidate Questions GOP Health Vote

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:45:37 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Dem Congr Candidate Questions GOP Health Vote A Democratic Congressional Candidate in the 13th District is criticizing the incumbent Republican for voting to use the debt ceiling as leverage to defund Obamacare. Representative Rodney Davis has decried the brinksmanship that leads to shutdown clocks and calls for a bipartisan approach to governance. But, Democrat Ann Callis says Davis's vote contradicts that bipartisan rhetoric. Davis says he does not expect a government shutdown to really happen. But, Callis says threatening such a move is the wrong way to go about governing.

"Our recovery is tenuous. It is progressing, but it is tenuous. But, I think there could be real harm with even pushing us up against this brinksmanship because of a lot of us operate on predictions and what could occur."

Callis says the GOP House resolution Davis joined is foolish on its face and paraphrases Albert Einstein.

"Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I believe it is the 42nd time they have voted to defund the Affordable Care Act knowing that the results are going to be the same, which is insanity."

Callis also uses a personal example to say Davis's vote shows a disregard for people.

"My son is in his third week of Ranger training and it's grueling training. And the fact that he may not receive a paycheck is frustrating to me, extremely frustrating."
Davis is running against Urbana Attorney Erika Harold in the GOP primary, who, like Davis, has called for rolling back Obamacare using the debt limit threat as well as incremental legislative approaches. Callis is from Madison County and a recent Chief Circuit Judge. She is running against U of I Policy Analyst David Green of Champaign and U of I Physics Professor George Gollin in the March Primary.

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