What a difference a couple weeks make.
As we all stand waiting to see the fate of ObamaCare tomorrow (which is when most predict a final vote will be taken in the U.S. House), the Illinois General Assembly last week passed a resolution (HR0569) to support President Obama's plan to revamp and remake healthcare in his own vision, and which specifically stated: "we urge President Obama and the United States Congress to take immediate action to adopt meaningful heath care system reform in keeping with the Obama administration's articulated goals."
Most Republicans voted against the resolution, of course, and only a handful of Democrats (mostly vulnerable Democrats in suburban districts) also opposed it. Guess what newly-appointed State Represenative Carol Sente of the 59th Legislative District, a Democrat, did?
Sente voted no.
However, only weeks before, Sente had voted with the Democratic majority in the GA to kill a Republican-sponsored resolution opposing national heath care. So, interestingly, she seemed to vote in favor of national healthcare before she voted last week against it.
So, what gives? Is Sente shamelessly pandering to her constituents to bolster her "independent" credentials on a relatively unimportant vote? Or does she really think that ObamaCare will be the ruination of the nation? (Don't believe me? Check out this article which states that Caterpillar, a hugely important Illinois employer, estimates that ObamaCare will increase its costs by $100 MILLON (yes, million) a year).
If Sente is really against ObamaCare, she should put on her website all of the substantive reasons that ObamaCare is a terrible proposition, and she should be out there calling all of the Democratic Congressmembers like Bill Foster and Melissa Bean to convince them to vote against it.
Otherwise Sente is just another pandering politician who received "permission" from Speaker Mike Madigan to take a vote on a meaningless bill that she can use later when debating GOP nominee Dan Sugrue to counter claims she is in the pocket of the Democratic machine. Like any good lawyer, however, Sugrue will be well-prepared with the cross-examination points above to be able to show that Sente's claim of "independence" is just a claim, without any real proof to back it up. Let's hope voters are listening.