Blue Dog Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) has long been viewed by many progressives as a “uniquely pernicious” opponent of health care reform. Now, a Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll has found that 60 percent of his constituents disapprove of his handling of the health care issue:
The poll also goes on to find that 61 percent of his constituents support the creation of a new public insurance plan that anyone can purchase. Cooper will be appearing with Karl Rove and other conservatives this Saturday at a conference titled “The Third Rail of Healthcare Reform: Cost,” yet he has shied away from holding a town hall meeting with his constituents.
Cooper responded to the polling with a statement to the Nashville Scene: “The whole premise of the poll is that I oppose a public option, and that is simply not true. I have repeatedly said that I’m FOR a public option, and that there are multiple ways to do it.”