July 1st, 2009
04:59 AM ET
9 years ago

GOP targets freshman Democrat in new ad

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republicans will target freshman Rep. Tom Perriello in a new television commercial that criticizes the Virginia Democrat for his recent vote in favor of controversial energy reform legislation.

The 30-second political ad will begin airing Wednesday in the Lynchburg and Roanoke media markets and marks the first time the House GOP campaign arm, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), has used President Obama in a commercial in the 2010 election cycle. It is scheduled to run for one week.

The TV ad is part of a larger public relations campaign by House Republicans to criticize Democrats for supporting the bill that the GOP claims will result in a tax increase and stunt job growth.

NRCC official Ken Spain told CNN that voters in 13 additional congressional districts will hear radio ads or receive telephone calls criticizing their Democratic congressmen for voting in favor of the energy legislation. The bill passed late last week by a slim 219 to 212 margin, largely along party lines with 44 Democrats joining the GOP leadership in voting against it and eight Republicans crossing over to the Democratic side to support it.

Congress is on break for the Fourth of July holiday this week and most lawmakers are back home meeting with constituents and attending town hall gatherings.

The Democrats being targeted by the NRCC include: Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher, Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, Illinois Rep. Deborah Halvorson, Indiana Rep. Baron Hill, Ohio Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, Colorado Rep. Betsy Markey, Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, Ohio Rep. Zack Space, and New Mexico Rep. Harry Teague.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    For voting for a bill that they could not have read, they deserve to be chastised. Also for not looking at the economic effects and what cap and trade has done to Europe (people die because they cannot afford to heat and cool their homes) they do not deseerve to be in Congress because they are looking out for their re-election and their special interest. At least the republican special interest provide massive amounts of energy for this country. Not energy on a dream. If we ever get nuclear fusion all the other forms of energy will be obsolete. Maybe you products of the dumbing down of American Education can find a science book and read up on it.

    July 1, 2009 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    Congratulations GOP! Hatred breeds hatred, that's why I hate the RepubliCON Party, the Grand Obstructionist Party, the Part of 'No'. Americans are sick and tired of your fear-mongering scare tactics, we're sick of you hiding behind your phoney 'moral authority', and we're most disgusted with your dirty smear campaigns. Please feel free to continue your rampant charge toward extinction. A party that has zero solutions and can only criticize is destined for failure.

    July 1, 2009 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  3. Hopeful Optimist

    I just have to wonder if these Repubs don't often feel a little silly by blanket bombing everything the Obama administration does - simply in the name of the loyal opposition. Its even gotta look a little foolish to their own children who are old enough to read. I,m embarrassed FOR them, and I'm a liberal Democrat.

    You know the feeling. Kinda like when you see someone who needs to wipe something off their face or nose, but you don't have the heart to tell them.

    July 1, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |