Looks like Democrats have their first 2012 opposition research clipping for New York freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R).
In one of his first interviews since being sworn in, Grimm brushed off the suggestion that he was being hypocritical for accepting government-provided health insurance while calling for the repeal of Pres. Obama's health care reform.
"What am I, not supposed to have health care?" Grimm told the New York Daily News (the article hasn't appeared online, only in print). "It's practicality. I'm not going to become a burden for the state because I don't have health care and, God forbid I get into an accident and I can't afford the operation...That can happen to anyone."
Whether freshman Republicans who campaigned adamantly against health care reform will take government-provided health insurance has become a top campaign issue already for Democrats. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is keeping tabs on which of these members take insurance, and it appears to have press releases ready for them.
Grimm is likely to be one such Republican. During his race against Rep. Michael McMahon (D-N.Y.), Grimm signed a pledge calling for the repeal of health care reform and made it part of his campaign.
It remains to be seen whether this issue and attack line will have the legs to make it all the way until 2012. However, with Republican pledging to attack the reform package piece by piece, it is likely that Democrats won't stop needling Republicans on this issue.