June 1st, 2009
04:03 PM ET
5 years ago

DCCC targets six Republicans over stimulus vote

New York Rep. Peter King is one of six House Republicans targeted in a new DCCC ad campaign.
New York Rep. Peter King is one of six House Republicans targeted in a new DCCC ad campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is taking aim at six House Republicans for their votes earlier this year against President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package.

The committee is launching radio ads Monday against Rep. Brian Bilbray of California's 50th congressional district; Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district; Rep. Peter King, New York's 3rd congressional district; Rep. Thad McCotter, Michigan's 11th congressional district; Rep. Tom Rooney, Florida's 16th congressional district, and Alaska's Rep. Don Young. The ads will run for a week, according to the DCCC.

E-mails and automated calls about the six Republicans' stimulus votes are also part of the DCCC latest ad campaign.

(Read the script of a radio ad and of an automated call after the jump)

The text of the radio ad targeting Rep. Peter King:

Did you know Congressman King voted against the Economic Recovery Plan? He opposed an $800 tax cut and opposed creating or saving 215,000 New York jobs. Tell King to put New York first.

Paid for by the DCCC, [Web site url omitted], not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. The DCCC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

The text of the automated call targeting Rep. Thad McCotter:

I'm calling from the DCCC to tell you how disappointed I am in Congressman Thad McCotter.

He keeps voting "no" on everything. Congressman McCotter even voted against the economic recovery plan, which is at work now to create or save over 109,000 Michigan jobs.

He voted "no" on transportation projects that mean good jobs right here – like widening Canton Center road.

He even voted against an $800 tax credit for Michigan couples.

I hope you'll join me in calling Congressman McCotter to tell him to stop voting "no," to stop standing in the way of getting the economy moving again.

Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, [phone number omitted]. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.


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  1. conservative

    What system of government seeks to destroy its opposition? What system of government claims its leader is the chosen one and its ardent backers will attempt anything and say anything to retain power? What system of govenment nationalizes its private businesses and owns and runs them appointing their leaders and setting the agenda? What system of government uses class warfare to keep its supporters happy and in line? What system of government wants all the guns owned by the populace confiscated? What system of government owns the media that supports it? Well comrade; welcome to the United Socialist states of America!!!

    June 1, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. J.P.

    Targeting them?

    They should be handing out medals to these people for having the fiscal sanity to vote against enslaving the next five generations of Americans.

    EVERY economic downturn is cyclical. They come, they go. This one was no different... the only thing that exacerbated this one was the government pouring gasoline on the fire (adding such volativity to the market for the past eight or nine months).

    If we would have sent all 535 Congressmembers on a yearlong vacation starting in September 2008, we'd be $12 TRILLION dollars richer, AND the economy would have recovered on its own. Don't believe the hype that you can spend you way to economic solvency... it's akin to claiming you can drink your way to sobriety.

    RE-ELECT NO ONE!

    June 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Avi Shlomo

    I would like to see Rep king go. He is so divisive to the point of being racist. America can do better without Rep King.

    June 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Michigan Jim

    Bring it on, Dems. When inflation and unemployment both hit 10% next summer, thanks to the porkulous bill, you may wish to reconsider this campaign.

    June 1, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Cali J

    Let's face it, all Politicians spend too much of our money on their parties agenda. These guys are heroes. Who even read the bill? You Dems are happy that no one read this thing before signing? What happened to "all bills will be posted on our web site for five days for the public to read before they cross my desk?"
    And for those of you who say this thing is working...........I want whatever you are on! Yes we need better education and healthcare, but how about we plan it and begin to budget for it? China laughed at Timmy today when he said alls well with our money. They said show us the arithmatic? Well...........show us.
    Because Bush spent too much doesn't mean BHO should be. What BHO has spent has never been done. You young Libbies who think he's a rock star will be hating life when you get older.

    June 1, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. arithmetic is liberal

    J.P. June 1st, 2009 5:26 pm ET
    fiscal sanity

    Oh my G-, did you really just use those words?!

    After trillions of dollars of debt racked up by Republicans throwing a party for their constituents (bankers and defense contractors) on the backs of the America citizenry, are you really going to whip out 'fiscal sanity'?!

    PLEASE, by all means, define fiscal sanity for us when most of the "targets" rubber stamped every dumb idea that came across their desks from January 21, 2001 to January 20 2007. No, really I'm all ears.

    June 1, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Ken

    Way to go DCCC! Bash every one of those [R] neo-tards over their heads with the idiotic votes they are recording in congress...stuff those votes right up their hind ends for them. The party of 'no' and 'do nothing' is DONE.

    I liked it when, a couple of months ago, one of the [R] talking-heads from one of those rightwing stink-tanks came on one of the interview shows and was trying to defend not supporting the stimulus package; instead he was promoting the policy of actually 'doing nothing'. According to him it was so much better that the gov't 'do nothing' to try to save and invigorate the economy. When the commentator asked what the consequence of 'doing nothing' would be, this neo-tard proudly exclaimed that if we did nothing, then this deep recession would end all by itself........by 2019. Recession/depression until 2019......that's the best the dim-witted [R]s have to offer. What utter morons.....dumber that 4 kinds of dogs–t.

    June 1, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Terry

    Conservatives always oppose any effort to solve the nation's problems. That is, the problems that affect only the middle and lower classes. By Conservatives, I do not mean the millions of ordinary Americans who call themselves Conservative because they always vote consistently against their own interests. Those folks are just suckers.

    I mean the Conservative leadership, global corporations, and those who run them. They are the true Conservatives, and their political agenda calls for more wealth and greater power for themselves. They oppose the concept of sharing power or wealth with anyone else. They believe that there is only so much power and so many dollars to go around. As my ownly wealthy friend put it to me, "Every dollar I give to an employee is taking bread from the mouths of my children."

    June 1, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. No To Obama

    Maybe thr TAX PAYERS should TARGET the DEMOCRATES of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It was the CROOKS of the Democrates that caused the housing crash.

    June 1, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Only 21% of Americans trust republicans to lead them into the 21st century!

    "Please do an ad about the millions and millions of common folk who ALSO agreed to oppose the bill(s)."

    The neo-cons did do an ad on Fox, they were called "tea parties" where a bunch of old white guys sat around "tea-bagging" one another!

    June 1, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. J.P.

    Dear "I can see Canada from my house,"
    If you honestly believe Texas is "about to turn blue," I can tell you obviously don't live here in Texas. Texas is one of the only states in the union that is still functioning economically, and I guarantee you, it's not because we're "about to turn blue." If Texas "turned blue," it would sound the economic death knell for the country.

    Please elaborate folks... if Bush's spending was the problem, how is Obama's spending the solution? (especially when Obama has already outspent Bush by a factor of four)

    The problem with "spreading the wealth around," is eventually, at some point, someone, somewhere, somehow, must actually CREATE some wealth to be spread. Obama can't complain when there is no economic crop to distribute, after he's spent the first four months of his only term stealing the seeds of economic prosperity. If he's outspent Bush THIS bad, THIS soon, imagine what the next 3.5 years will hold. Obama's spending will make Bush's spending look like lunch money. Lunch money... maybe that's the "change" Obama spoke of. We'll all be lucky to have change left in our pockets in 2012.

    June 1, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Steve, Columbia SC

    I am stunned that the DCCC would consider attacking those who voted against pushing this country further into the abyss of debt. Talk about spending more than we make, we are spending more than we make, more than our children will make, spending more than our grandchildren will make. When will this insanity stop.............when the demoncrats and republicans who have no concept of fiscal responsibility are gone.

    June 1, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. BIG BOPPER

    Those clowns sure are saying "dont vote for me " huh?

    June 1, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. pierce

    What is peter king's problem? he is always so full of hate.

    he wants only "his kind" in this country. brutish, thugish and brainless.

    June 1, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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