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That’s Okay, Brad Ellsworth Didn’t Really Want To Be A Senator Anyway

Brad Ellsworth is a yes vote for Obamacare.

Another big get for Dems: Rep Brad Ellsworth, a former Yes vote who shared the concerns of the Stupak dozen and was intensely wooed by both sides, will vote Yes on the Senate bill, his spokesman confirms to me.

“He’s a Yes,” Jonathan Kott, communications director for Ellsworth, just said by phone. “He will vote in favor of health care reform.”

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This is a key get for Dems, because it could make it easier for his fellow Indiana Dem Joe Donnelly, who’s also undecided and said to be persuaded by Stupak’s concerns, to support the bill. It could also make it easier for other Stupak holdouts to come on board.

The vote counting has gone on all day.  At different points during the day, I heard on the news that Democrats only needed one more yes to to reach the magic number of 216.  And this was before the Ellsworth defection.

So why is Ellsworth switching his vote?

I am confident in my heart that this bill meets my pro-life principles and upholds the policy of no federal funding for elective abortions.

Except, it doesn’t.

But it seems that not only is Brad Ellsworth out to ruin his own political career, he’s also determined to take more people down, like Joe Donnelly, with him. Since that’s the case, Vote Jackie!

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