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What happened to all the bad blood over health care?

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So much for all that talk of bad blood between city Democrats and Rep. Mike McMahon over the freshman’s “No” vote on health care reform.

On Wednesday night, Rep. Anthony Weiner — as loud a “Yes” vote on the measure as McMahon was a “No” vote — was the keynote speaker at a $250- to $1,000-per-plate fundraiser for McMahon’s re-election.

The event also brought out a slate of Democratic politicians to the tony Woolworth Tower Kitchen in Manhattan, America’s official congressional ATM.

Weiner (D-Sheepshead Bay) co-hosted the event with Councilmen Vince Gentile (D-Bay Ridge) and Domenic Recchia (D-Bensonhurst).

Weiner was subbing for Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who dropped out after McMahon voted against the measure on March 23.

Unlike Quinn, Weiner said that McMahon’s vote did not require him to be drummed out of the Democratic party.

“He [McMahon] asked me to come and speak and I was glad to do it,” Weiner said. “He’s going to be around a long time. I think he’s a good congressman, even though we drew different conclusions about this vote.”

McMahon has said that he voted against the reform bill because he believed it would result in cuts to hospitals in his district. Weiner disagreed, supporting the bill because it would cut costs.

“There are times he and I are going to disagree,” Weiner said, “but overall, he’s doing a good job.”

Weiner is being more understanding than the Working Families Party and a handful of labor unions, which pulled support from McMahon in the wake of the health-care vote. The Working Families Party says it will seek a progressive Democrat to run against the centrist McMahon.

On the other flank, two GOP candidates are fighting to take on McMahon in November: Policy adviser Michael Allegretti and former FBI agent and Gulf War vet Michael Grimm.

For now, neither has raised enough money to dent McMahon’s $1-million-plus war chest — a stash of cash that will get still bigger on Wednesday night, thanks to the help of some Democratic friends.

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Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Well, we can hope that Weiner is boo'ed off the stage. Obamacare doesn't make dreams illegal (at least not yet).
April 6, 2010, 3:57 pm
trace from park slope says:
Love this guy anthony weiner..Wish him the absolute best - seems like the smartest guy in the room, to me..
April 7, 2010, 1:55 pm
joe from bay ridge says:
This just shows you the " Old Boys" network is still alive & well even if McMahon was the only Congressman in NY to vote against the Health Care bill.
It even shows that Councilman Recchia is a real political hack & whore even though McMahon threw him under the bus when he wanted that Congressional seat.
Next time around I'm voting for Grimm.
April 8, 2010, 11:43 am
Jackie from Bay Ridge says:
Wow! I didn't know that McMahon voted against health care. Next time I'm voting against him. Let him try to get health insurance when he's unemployed.
April 12, 2010, 2:55 pm
Still Free So Far from Bay Ridge says:
Voters are dopes. Come November, they'll still vote for this commie we have in the White House. Well, not for him, but for the commie congress that is destroying this country. They will have forgotten by them, they are so stupid. They won't wise up until they go to vote one day and there isn't any voting any more. Don't think it won't happen. If we don't get rid of these Democraps, it will happen a lot quicker than you could imagine. I seem to remember something similar happened in Germany 70 years ago.
April 20, 2010, 3:50 pm

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