ALBANY — Liberal activists in the Hudson Valley cheered when a House vote on the American Health Care Act was canceled last week because it didn't have enough support. Now, those activists are trying to figure out how to use the momentum they’ve gained to challenge some members of the state's Republican delegation who supported the failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“The voters in their districts know very well that they were going to lose out under the GOP plan and that’s why there was such a public outcry,” said Karen Scharff, executive director of Citizen Action. She said that Rep. John Faso, who represents the Hudson Valley, and his colleagues who supported the ill-fated bill took a "huge political risk" and will be coming home to "a lot of angry voters."
But Faso and others who supported the AHCA weren't the only Republicans who took a risk. Those who said they would vote against the bill may also feel some heat back home. Conservative Party chairman Mike Long said that Reps. Dan Donovan of Staten Island and John Katko, who represents Central New York, could be vulnerable to a challenge from the right because they declined to support Republican plan.
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Source: Politico (via The Empire Report)