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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Did Palin find a new friend in Bronx Democrat Ruben Diaz Sr.?

In a message on her Facebook page, Palin quoted the conservative Bronx Democrat as she sought to push back against Obama's statement about the "rumor" that the House had voted in favor of panels that "will basically pull the plug on grandma."
"Is this all just a “rumor” to be “disposed of”, as President Obama says?" Palin asked. "Not according to Democratic New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, who writes:
"Section 1233 of House Resolution 3200 puts our senior citizens on a slippery slope and may diminish respect for the inherent dignity of each of their lives....It is egregious to consider that any senior citizen...should be placed in a situation where he or she would feel pressured to save the government money by dying a little sooner than he or she otherwise would, be required to be counseled about the supposed benefits of killing oneself, or be encouraged to sign any end of life directives that they would not otherwise sign."

Palin is quoting from a letter Diaz Sr. sent last month to California Rep. Henry Waxman, a key figure in the health care debate, which is posted on the senator's Web site.

I reached Diaz Sr. this afternoon and asked whether he knows or has been in touch with Palin. No, he said, but he has been in contact with her office. He also hopes to invite her to a health care hearing he plans to hold at 250 Broadway on Sept. 8.
Diaz Sr. said he's going to invite people from both sides of the health care debate (if Palin's not available, another vocal Republican opponent, former LG Betsy McCaughey will do, he said) in hopes of figuring out "how positively or negatively this President Obama health care plan would effect seniors in this state because there are too many confusions."
The senator said he's not holding out much hope that Palin will be able to fit his hearing into her busy schedule, but he's going to extend an invitation to her anyway.
I asked if he was worried he might be upstaged by her if she does decide to show up, and he replied with a laugh:
"Who is more controversial: She or me? I love controversy. I hope she can come."
See full article at NY Daily News

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