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November 21, 2005

Sherrod Brown

This is pretty cool:

[Sherrod Brown] also made a series of promises, including a pledge to pay for his
own health care out-of-pocket until Congress passed universal coverage.
For the past 13 years, he’s kept that pledge, turning down the
insurance offered to members and purchasing his own, until recently,
when at the cajoling of his wife, he joined her plan.

Not to mention that he probably couldn't afford the premiums anymore.  The graf comes from Chris Hayes's excellent profile of Brown in the latest In These Times.  Well worth the read.  I don't, however, know about this part:

Brown believes his long progressive record will help rather than
hinder. “For 10 years I won in a congressional district that was
slightly Republican,” Brown says. “I think that voters that don’t agree
with me on some issues will still say, ‘Brown’s on my side.’

His district favored Kerry by 12%, Gore by 11%, and the Cook Partisan Index classifies it as Democratic +6.  I don't know how that qualifies as "slightly Republican" rather than "heavily Democratic," but no matter.  At least Brown's winning in it.  For my part, I have an article on the Brown/Hackett race (and what it says about the netroots) in the most recent American Prospect.  My argument is, basically, that the netroots need to start thinking about who they are ideologically rather than simply flocking to who they prefer pugilistically.  If you've got a Prospect subscription, you can read it on the site.  If not, grab it off newstands.

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Ezra, I'm guessing Brown is refering to his reign in the Ohio house from 1975-1982. Not quite ten years, but that would seem to make a little more sense.

Of course, I'm having a haed time tracking down information that would back me up on that one...

Posted by: Scott | Nov 21, 2005 2:00:54 PM

It also might have been slightly Republican when he first won election.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Nov 21, 2005 4:00:15 PM

I think Ezra's wrong. We not supporting moderate Dems because of their fighting style. We supporting them becasue winning matters. In the past (2000 + Nader = disaster) maybe we could afford the holier than thou, we need real progressives, hand wringing. Now we need candidates, even moderate ones, that will win.

Posted by: moderates are okay | Nov 25, 2005 12:38:53 AM

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