Conservative activists occupy Erik Paulsen's office after he says he wants to end shutdown
Paulsen repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare, but now he's singing a different tune.
Earlier this week, Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen told KARE 11 that "if I had the opportunity just to fully fund the government, I would do that. Yes."
In other words, despite the fact he's voted in favor of every ill-fated House attempt to repeal Obamacare, Paulsen wants to end the federal government shutdown that has tea partiers like Michele Bachmann feeling especially warm and fuzzy inside.
Paulsen said he's even open to supporting a budget bill that doesn't include a cause near and dear to his heart -- repealing Obamacare's tax on medical devices.
"I think there is a level of uncomfort among many of my colleagues that a government shutdown is not in anyone's interest," Paulsen told KARE.
But that stance isn't popular with some conservative activists. In fact, a few of them are occupying Paulsen's Minnesota office until he levels with them about his willingness to end the shutdown.
From Politics in Minnesota's Paul Demko:
At Rep. Paulsen's office. About a dozen folks, including state Rep. Cindy Pugh, are asking to speak w/ Paulsen about Obamacare and shutdown.-- Paul Demko (@pdemko) October 3, 2013
Sheila Kihne says she plans to stay at Rep. Paulsen's office until she can speak with him about Obamacare and the shutdown. @sheilakihne-- Paul Demko (@pdemko) October 3, 2013
Here's what Kihne herself has to say about the stakeout:
@BCookMN Anything's possible. We need leaders. You don't vote on 3 bills that you know lead to shutdown & then say "oops" 24 hrs later-- SheilaKihne (@SheilaKihne) October 3, 2013
Sitting in my Congressman's office @RepErikPaulsen until I can talk to him on the phone-- SheilaKihne (@SheilaKihne) October 3, 2013
Think of Sheila's poor bored-to-death children, Erik! Just take the phone call and humor her for a few minutes for their sake, if nothing else.
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