October 22nd, 2007
08:07 PM ET
15 years ago

House Democrats to tout accomplishments

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are launching a new communications effort to mark the one year anniversary of their party taking control of the House of Representatives.

Pelosi and her top lieutenants circulated a letter to all Democratic offices on Friday telling them that "The 110th Congress has a great story to tell." And the Democratic leadership is calling on rank-and file Democrats to tout the majority party’s accomplishments over the upcoming holiday recess.

“We need your help telling this story,” the California Democrat and the other party leaders wrote. “At a time when many of us and many Americans feel our country has been moving in the wrong direction, it is critical that we help Americans learn where we stand and what we have accomplished."

 On Monday, the Democratic leadership held a staff level briefing in the House Ways and Means Committee room. Democratic aides described it as “overflowing into the hallway” with chiefs of staff, communications directors and legislative aides from most House Democratic offices in attendance.

The Democratic staffers were told that the expectation is that their bosses would hold between three and five media events in their districts in November and December to discuss the party’s "new direction accomplishments." Among the themes the Democrats are expected to sound include "restoring accountability," "making America safer," and "restoring the American dream."

“We put in long hours over the last 9 months,” one senior Democratic aide said. “We need to communicate that. We can walk and chew gum at same time. Now is the time you take in the fall to communicate that. Members are our best messengers."

According to  aides, the bulk of the meeting was a presentation by pollster Celinda Lake and former Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry discussing the current political environment and how lawmakers should talk about their accomplishments.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, is "whipping the effort" to ensure that all offices participate, aides said. A leadership aide added that "Everyone is working on this - from the Speaker on down."

- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

Filed under: House Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Keith Richards, Denver, Colorado

    What accomplishments? You promised bi-partisanship but instead try to run every GOP out of office! Democrats attacked an incredible amount of Pork spending to every bill, yet the taxpayer sees no benefit (what does a musuem to honor Woodstock have anything to do with the Health Insurance Bill!) Enough of the used car salesman tactics!

    October 22, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Fred, San Francisco

    There have been NO accomplishments for the Democrats since taking both houses. Nancy Pelosi has been a disaster as a Speaker. The democrats are great at making it look like they've done something because the press gives them free reign to spout their lies and deceptions.

    As a Californian, I see what Pelosi is all about...she is a leftist socialist at heart, just like Boxer, Feinstein, and Hillary.

    October 22, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Touster Washington DC

    Sorry, Pelosi, it doesn't do any good to brag about having ahold of the wheel, when you don't know how to drive. What are you Touting? The fact that Obama is related to Cheney ?

    October 22, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. Touster Washington DC

    Oh, and don't forget. Real Presidents don't Cackle !

    October 22, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Democrats touting Accomplishments ! That is the best one yet ! Hehehehe ! Something like the Texas Rangers counting their World Series titles !

    October 22, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. therealist

    Well.., it nice to see Hillary's pollsters finally asking what America has been asking all year.
    What value has this pitiful 110th Congress been to us? Please do tell..

    October 22, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Briezzy San Diego CA

    Democrats touting Accomplishments ? That is really funny. Something like the Texas Rangers counting World Series crowns.

    October 22, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I ask Speaker Pelosi what exactly have they accomplished?

    America and many Nato Nations are still at war with Iraq. American and Nato soldiers are stilly dying as a result. President Bush and Vice President Cheney are still calling the shots. In fact, it appears they are ready for a whole new chapter, an invasion on Iran.

    If the Dems have accomplished what they set out to accomplish, why are Bush and Cheney still in office? And why does the world believe we are in the midst of WWIII?

    October 22, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. RightyTighty

    Restoring accountability?
    Making America safer??
    Restoring the American dream???

    The 110th Congress???? Ha Ha!!

    October 22, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. Pleasey Athens GA

    What exactly are you touting, that is of real substance ? The fact that you can count ? America is still in Iraq, still arguing with Iran, still many Americans without Health Care. A Presidential Front Runner that Cackles more than Informs us of Policies. Please explain your Touting ?

    October 22, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Accomplished? Could someone enlighten me as to what they've accomplished please?

    October 22, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Charles in Orem, UT

    This should be good...

    October 22, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. bprossersme

    WHAT?? Democrats – accomplishments? Surely you jest. Oh by the way, Mrs. Pelosi must step down, she has become a complete embarrassment to the United States government. That is to be the Democrats first accomplishment this year.

    October 22, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. josh

    Accomplishments???? What is this lady talking about. It seems the sun has set on the first year of this "new day"... and with out much to show for.

    October 22, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. LaAngeloMysterioso

    Their only accomplishment is passing the minimum wage. They have not done much to those that lied and changed WMD data to go to war in Iraq. Going after Hatch Act violaters (justice) and accepting Libby as the sacrificial lamb does not make for good governance. Rubber stamping the Republican budget seems to be lazy to me, don't brag.

    October 22, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  16. David, Dallas Tx

    This should be interesting. Between the presidential vetos of bipartisan legislation and all the obstructionism by Congressional Republicans (more filibusters than any 3 previous congresses put together! Five minutes with Google will verify it), I'm surprised Congressional Dems can find any accomplishments to tout.

    I'd lay the blame where it belongs (and I have). 😉 Apparently, the Dems are trying for a more positive instead of negative message.

    October 22, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. Max, Austin, TX

    Indeed, having a lower approval rating than Bush is quite an accomplishment.

    October 22, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Al, Fort Worth, TX

    110th Congress accomplishments:

    1) Lowest job approval rating ever!!!

    October 22, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  19. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Less touting of marginal achievements and more courage on war defunding would be my preference, Madam Speaker.

    October 22, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  20. Bob NY NY

    Why don't the Democrats look into this?
    Read below. this has nothing to do with this article but I wish something would be done to catch the crooks.

    Billions over Baghdad
    Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency—much of it belonging to the Iraqi people—was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed. Following a trail that leads from a safe in one of Saddam's palaces to a house near San Diego, to a P.O. box in the Bahamas, the authors discover just how little anyone cared about how the money was handled

    October 23, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  21. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Remind me again, what EXACTLY have you accomplished in the past 10 months? And what is your approval rating right now? Shame on you, Nancy, for wasting taxpayers' time and money – that is EXACTLY your accomplishment. Congratulations.

    October 23, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  22. malclave, Long Beach, CA

    I, for one, am very interested in hearing about the successes of the Speaker's promised 100 hours.

    October 23, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  23. Daniel

    In other very important House news:
    1. Tom Davis will not be running for Senate which is a huge blow for Democrats hoping to pick-up his seat.
    2. Republicans are pressuring Rep. Doolittle to retire in CA-04.

    October 23, 2007 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  24. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    Hahahaha. "Accomplishments" include, but are not limited to: raising taxes (the 25 cent per gallon gas increase), making non-binding votes, trying to silence radio personalities free speech rights, and having an approval rating of 18%. Right on, Nancy. Right on.

    October 23, 2007 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  25. TideDruid

    And the opinion polls on Congress keep dropping faster than Bush's...

    October 23, 2007 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
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