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While state Democrats are confident that their approach is preferred by voters, Mr. Eberly said he could imagine some backlash if the assembly delves too deeply into fiscal progressivism in the form of tax increases.

He said the 2014 elections will go a long way toward proving whether Democratic leaders are carrying out the will of voters or pursuing their own agenda.

“Without there being the benefit of Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, that’s going to provide some answers,” he said. “I’m not sold on their interpretation of events. They might be in for a bit of a surprise.”