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DNC Chair Tim Kaine Congratulates Me For Helping Pass Health Care Reform

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Just got an upbeat personal email from my former governor and now DNC head Tim Kaine praising my efforts to pass Obamacare. It read in part:

Ronald —

I just met with the President, where I was proud to fill him in on all the great work that you're doing to pass health reform.

We spoke about the calls you've made, the letters you've written, and the terrific events you've organized on the ground.

And he asked me to pass along a message to you: All of your hard work is paying off. The conversations he's been having with members of Congress in these days are far more productive because you've spoken up back home.

The President is optimistic—and thinks we're going to have a vote and pass reform very, very soon. But he also made it clear that he's not letting up for a moment, and urged that all of us do the same…

I'm grateful for all you've done. And today, the President reminded me that he is as well.

Thank you,

Governor Tim Kaine

My reply just went out:

Thanks Tim. But I must assure you and the president that I've done absolutely nothing to help pass the Democratic leadership's health care reform horror. But I will take your advice and write my congressman (Tom Perriello) to let him know how I'd like him to vote on the reform proposals. That would be "No." Thanks for reminding me.

Regards,

Ronald

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