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Sen. Bill Nelson can expect visitors this week

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Barack Obama's political team is encouraging supporters in Florida to show up at Sen. Bill Nelson's offices this week and press for health care reform. The effort is part of retooled campaign by the Democratic Organizing for America in light of critics who have flooded town hall meetings.

"As you've probably seen in the news, special interest attack groups are stirring up partisan mobs with lies about health reform, and it's getting ugly," reads an e-mail from OFA director Mitch Stewart. "Across the country, members of Congress who support reform are being shouted down, physically assaulted, hung in effigy, and receiving death threats. We can't let extremists hijack this debate, or confuse Congress about where the people stand.

"Office Visits for Health Reform are our chance to show that the vast majority of American voters know that the cost of inaction is too high to bear, and strongly support passing health reform in 2009. Don't worry if you've never done anything like this before. The congressional staff is there to listen, and your opinion as a constituent matters a lot. And if you bring a friend, you'll have more fun and make an even greater impact."

"Wherever you live, these visits matter: Many representatives are pushing hard toward reform, and they are taking a lot of heat from special interests. They deserve our thanks and need our support to continue the fight. But those who are still putting insurance companies and partisan point-scoring ahead of their constituents must know that voters are watching -- and that we expect better."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:56pm]

    

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