Mary Nichols Rhodes of Progressive Democrats of America introduced me to Sutton. I gave her my book "Daybreak." One of her staffers took a photo of the two of us with the congresswoman holding the book up. Then I asked her if she would vote No on any healthcare bill that did not have a strong immediate public option.
At first she tried to fudge it by saying "I think a robust public option is essential...." I asked "Is that a yes?" Then she said "I have told the leadership that the bill must include a robust public option..." I asked "Or you'll vote no?" And she said "yes, yes," and looked at me, and she understood perfectly that she was making a commitment. I'd had to ask three times before she did. But she did. Mary is my witness.
Then I asked why she had sponsored HR 676 for national single-payer in the last congress but not in this congress. She claimed that she could do more in committee if she was not a sponsor of that bill. So, there you have her to all appearances lying to me in the next breath after having made the commitment on a public option. (Unless someone can explain how she could do more in committee by not being a sponsor of a good bill.) So, take it for what it's worth. She made the commitment.
As I tried to get to why she'd voted for the war supplemental in June, Sutton had to run as the parade was beginning.