Democrat signs ObamaCare repeal petition
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS) has become the first Democrat to sign a petition to repeal ObamaCare, legislation he voted against back in March:
The Blue Dog Democrat, who frequently bucks his party’s leadership, signed the petition Wednesday, his office said.
A spokesman said they had no comment on why he signed it.
Taylor is the 172nd person to sign on the act to repeal the bill – following conservative Republican Rep. Steve King (Iowa), who offered the act on June 16. The entire House Republican leadership has also signed onto the petition. Taylor is the second person to join the effort to repeal the bill since the August recess, following Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach.
Taylor underscores how unpopular the legislation is in some conservative districts held by Democrats — although he voted against the bill. Taylor, though, has bucked trends for years, holding onto the Gulf Coast seat since 1989.
The petition is being pushed by Heritage Action for America, which is run by the Heritage Foundation, and they are making sure they get the word out about Taylor signing the petition.
Taylor has always had an independent streak. Back in 1998, he was one of a few Democrats that broke his party and voted for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton (he voted for all four of the articles of impeachment, the only Democrat to do so). Unfortunately, one of his biggest flaws are his anti-trade views.