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Last push to get Boyd to vote 'yes'



AllenBoyd Organizing for America, Barack Obama's campaign arm, has begun an Eleventh hour campaign to get Florida Rep. Allen Boyd to support the health care bill. Boyd, who voted against the first proposal, said yesterday he was "undecided."

Similar e-mails like the one below targeting Boyd's 2nd Congressional District have gone out across Florida.

" This is it: After months of hard work, the final vote on health reform in the House of Representatives is expected Sunday. It's a chance to make history and finally give Americans control over their own health care -- but it's shaping up to be incredibly close, and every member of Congress will play a critical role.

So we're aiming for 329 calls to Rep. Boyd from Tallahassee before offices close this evening. Whether you've called your representative before or haven't yet spoken out on health reform, it's now time to raise your voice.

Your representative, Rep. Allen Boyd, earned our thanks for standing with the President to create millions of jobs. But now, with a close vote on this historic legislation just hours away, we need to make it clear that the voters back home want him to stand with the President on health reform too.

As an active constituent, your voice has particular weight with your representative -- so all those who share our commitment to reform are depending on you to speak up. According to our records, you live in Florida's 2nd congressional district.

Please call Rep. Boyd's office at (202) 225-5235 right now -- and then click here to let us know so we can track our progress."

OFA is doing the same to Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, the other Florida hold out. Like Boyd, she had not announced her position as of 2 p.m. Friday.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:30pm]


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