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Betsy Markey: Independent voters are “like renters”

Posted by Kelly Maher on May 21st, 2010
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Speaking to campaign volunteers in Longmont, U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, D-Colo., likened independent voters to renters.

“We all worked very, very hard to get this seat,” Markey said on Saturday in Collyer Park at a canvassing kick-off. “We need to keep this seat in Democratic hands. We’ve got a great majority in the House. It’s going to be a difficult year, as we know. A lot of our independent voters, and you know a third of this district, 33 percent - a whole 33 percent - are independent voters. And last time they went with us. This year, you know, somebody told me the independent voters, we don’t own them; they’re like renters. We’ve got to earn them back every time. And we’ve got to earn their vote again. But we have a good story to tell. This has been a very, very productive session in Congress.”

Hmmm. Maybe they’re “like renters” in the 4th Congressional District because some of their homes have been foreclosed upon in an economy made worse by the tax-and-debt policies of Markey and her Democratic colleagues in Congress.

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