filed in Daily Buzz News on May.14, 2012
WASHINGTON — Liberal advocacy groups are aggressively targeting Democratic state lawmakers who’ve sided with Republicans to block action on President Barack Obama’s health reform law — with some success.
Two conservative state house Democrats who opposed Obama’s health care law lost Democratic primaries in April to more liberal opponents. In Oregon’s 48th House District, five-term incumbent Mike Schaufler, who sided with Republicans in voting against the creation of a state health care exchange, an integral part of the Obama reform, is facing a serious challenge from a progressive opponent, Jeff Reardon.
The campaign drives by progressive groups that include MoveOn.org and the Working Families Party are an outgrowth of a two-year effort to support Obama’s heath reform. The campaign, which also includes labor unions, reflects the progressive movement’s commitment to the law and to defeating those who oppose it.