Ciro Rodriguez, Solomon Ortiz Pledged “Yes”, Voted “No” on Climate Bill

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Politico is reporting that U.S. Representatives Ciro Rodriguez (D-San Antonio) and Solomon Ortiz (D-Corpus Christi) were two of four Democratic members of congress who had said they would vote “yes” and then voted “no” on the climate change bill.

In all, 44 Democrats voted against the bill.

The White House and House Democratic leaders were desperate for every single vote they could secure ahead of the vote, which ultimately ended 219-212.

Details involving Ortiz's situation have yet to be reported, but the story behind Rodriguez's apparent flip-flop leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Rodriguez had told leadership that he was a likely yes — but then cast a quick “no” vote and practically sprinted from the chamber, frustrating floor managers whose shouts of “Rodriguez!” rang through the House as the final anxious votes were cast.

At one point, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner bounced from a huddle of leadership members and began calling the rep's name, like a wayward toddler, as he scanned the Speaker's lobby and the adjacent balcony.

“He cast his no and then ran the hell out of there,” said a member of the whipping team, still steaming after the vote. “We tried him at his office and they said he was gone.”

After Henry Cuellar defeated Rodriguez in the 2004 primary, national blogs like Daily Kos and MyDD made defeating Cuellar, deemed too conservative for the South Texas Democratic district, a top priority in spring 2006. In the end, Cuellar won by more votes in '06 than he had in '04.

It is slighty ironic then that Cuellar voted “aye” on this particular bill while Rodriguez will have a lot of explaining to do to President Obama and House Democratic leaders.

Edited slightly to better reflect the timing of the netroots involvement in the Rodriguez-Cuellar primary.

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  1. Possibly Rep Rogriguez wanted to
    read the bill before voting on it, as 300 pages were added Friday morning.  Or possibly he thought “necessarily” increasing energy costs for ALL Americans was not a good idea.  Of course he may have voted NO because it harms the US in competing globally as well as adds more regulations and taxes that any other bill in history.  Finally maybe he didn't think regulations to Fannie and Freddie should have been in a “climate” bill. Oh, I forgot, most importantly he has an election coming up and probably voted the way most of his constituents wanted him to.  

  2. Happens all the time
    Politicians lie with alacrity. What's new?  Can you show me a politician who is not a lier?  If you can, I can show you a voter who is a chump.

  3. politicsforjim on

    Have you all stopped to consider…
    …that perhaps he said he would vote yes if his vote was needed for passage and that when it appeared they could get there without him, he voted the way his constituents wanted him to vote and then left so he couldn't be bothered about changing.  

    • It is my understanding
      based on how this story is told, that they did not have the votes yet and Rep. Rodriguez cut it short and left before the leadership started drawing straws to find out who was needed to get over the hump.

  4. not that i recall
    the “national blogosphere” wasn't quite the juggernaut it is today.

    while is was an emerging force, most candidate weren't reaching out to blogs or monitoring them.

    whether they backed ciro or not wasn't releveant to the race.

  5. hold up
    i think what you said is accurate: AFTER the 04 primary defeat, the blogs did make defeating Cuellar a top priority…a close second to the Lieberman challenge.

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