February 23rd, 2009
05:00 AM ET
11 years ago

DCCC targets 12 Republicans on stimulus

Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Florida, is among the House Republicans the DCCC is targeting.

Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Florida, is among the House Republicans the DCCC is targeting.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A dozen House Republicans are targeted in a new House Democratic political campaign that criticizes the GOP lawmakers for opposing the $787 billion stimulus package.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will contact voters this week by telephone with a recorded message saying that their Republican congressman voted “against the largest tax cut in history,” and against a stimulus bill that the business friendly U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported.

The campaign also includes “emails and text messages directly to targeted Republicans’ constituents,” a DCCC official tells CNN. House Democrats have also created a Web site to explain how they believe the stimulus bill will affect individual congressional districts.

Only three congressional Republicans, all senators, voted for the final passage of the stimulus bill.

Full list of Republicans targeted after the jump

The House Republicans targeted in this new Democratic campaign include:

Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois

Rep. Ken Calvert of California

Rep. Michael Castle of Delaware

Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania

Rep. Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania

Rep. Mark Kirk of Illinois

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri

Rep. Dan Lungren of California

Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan

Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida

Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington

Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. David Hinz

    "Largest Tax Cut in History" Only the DCCC could tell that lie with a straight face and not be struck down by lightning.

    The DCCC will do well to run for cover over this $787 Porkulus Bill because while some of the American people were born at night, it wasn't last night, and nobody is fooled by this massive spending bill.

    February 23, 2009 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  2. James Debate

    Too right, the GOP have really let down their voters by putting petty partisan stubbornness before what's best for the nation, and it's only right that they suffer consequences in 2010.

    If the democrats had done the same when the GOP was in the ascendency I would have expected the exact same thing.

    February 23, 2009 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  3. Abel

    They are on their way out of the congress, Zealots who take party interest above National interest, let them profer solution to this mess rather than tax cuts ,Am more crictical about members from illinois because they have a president that has their constituency as his home state, Shame on them, no mater what they think Obama is the 44th president of USA PONT bLANK .

    February 23, 2009 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  4. Obambi

    Welcome to the USSR-USA. I just hope Americans are smarter than to believe the propaganda the comrades are putting out. Heaven help us all if the Dems get voted in to a majority again.

    February 23, 2009 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  5. TG

    Is Nancy Pelosi's travel expenses part of the stimulas???? What a disgrace she is!!!

    February 23, 2009 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  6. Mike Dallas

    The media is doing it's best to destroy any unity there may have been that is needed to solve our problems.

    CNN, MSNBC(Morning Joe) and Fox have provided a hostile forum for the stimulus package. Daily there is a string of tirades by the uninformed talking heads that this will not work or that will not work. Suddenly everybody working at both networks has a PH.D in economics. There was the twit on Fox saying she wanted to know when the stimulus was going to start to work! I have heard way too many of these clueless comments. President Obama id not God, just a mortal man, doing the very best he can after listening to well informed counselors. No one knows what will or will not work. You whiners need to grow up, this is real life not a video game. There are no certainties in life! This now has helped to escalate a class war in this country. Instead of having all of us pull together as a unit, this one is whining that one is not working and getting unemployment is an entitlement, I have paid my bills and do not want to help others, blah, blah blah. Guess what, most of us have paid our bills and bought homes we could afford, but we are not whining about it 24/7. The future of the country is too important.

    And now, Clinton, Fox and CNN are all yammerin' about President Obama talking down the economy!. I cannot watch Fox anymore(I only watched it to keep tabs on the enemy) because after the Kelley wench in the AM I want to grab the Xanax and take the whole bottle with a Prozac chaser! In one breath she rants that government spends to much and in the very next breath complains because the USDA is not doing it's because it does not have enough people. Hello??? You get what you pay for, stupid. You want him to come out in a 30 minute speech and wave a magic wand and speak happy talk? How can he possibly respond to 24/7 attacks? Would you like the President to tuck you in and give you warm milk and cookies?

    We had a happy talk President for 8 years and look where we are now. I am an adult and I want the President to tell me the truth, and nothing but the whole truth about what his advisors say about the condition of the economy. Save the bedtime stories for the under 5 crowd.

    February 23, 2009 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  7. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    it looks like the Republicans will be looking for new jobs in 2010.

    February 23, 2009 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  8. Alex J. Vallas

    The Republican members of Congress were like victims of Aphonia. Their silence was deafening when Bush declared war on Iraq without justification or provocation causing billions of dollars to be spent needlessly (not to mention the human toil). They were silent when the government was warned by knowledgeable economists that we were heading towards an economic crisis. They didn't have much to say about the bankruptcies and jobless rates piling up. Now, it is time for the American people to send them home permanently so they can listen to their hero on radio - Rush Limbaugh.

    February 23, 2009 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  9. Jero

    ONE BIG HUGE *SIGH*, i'm getting tired of this. I don't want to be called, i want you to DO SOMETHING! I just voted! NOW LEAVE ME ALONE!

    February 23, 2009 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  10. Willy Brown

    Do you know how to tell when a democrat is lying? Check to see if there lips are moving.

    February 23, 2009 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  11. Grimm

    "House Democrats have also created a Web site to explain how they believe the stimulus bill will affect individual congressional districts."

    As a lifelong Democrat, the only part of this entire article I agree with is the one part I quoted above. This is hardly the time for attacks and aciduous criticisms of the like. This is the time for forward thinking with measured planning while maintaining a working knowledge of what failed (and how it failed) in the past. Our country is in real trouble and actions like this DCCC business are a waste of time, resources and trust in our elected officials.

    February 23, 2009 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  12. Zion

    That's right Democrats, stop letting Republicans get all the airtime whenever they have a gripe. I find it funny that somehow the media is liberal yet conservatives are allowed to use it as a whipping post for everyone. During the Bush Administration, everyone, including the media was hush, hush on criticism until it was painfully obvious where this country was going.

    February 23, 2009 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  13. texxasgal

    Let those who oppose get NOTHING

    February 23, 2009 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  14. kuriya

    good fur them

    February 23, 2009 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  15. Democrat who is against the Stimulus

    Well the Democrats better worry about their own race, because this Democrat along with many other are going to vote against the Democrats in our State who voted for the Stimulus.

    We don't mind a stimulus......however, we hate all the pork in the bill they approved.

    How on earth can you spend almost a trillion dollars of OUR MONEY without looking it over thoroughly?

    February 23, 2009 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  16. V. M. Sukanovich

    It should be on the front page of every page of every newspaper erery day that tax credits are given to companies who outsource our jobs and we are still bringing in millions of immigrants when we cannot even employ all our own people. PROTECTIONISM right! Who is going to protect America if we do not do it ourselves. TO PROTECT OURSELVES IS NOT A BAD THING. When congress keeps this from happening you can bet it is because they are benefitting in some way!

    February 23, 2009 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  17. R in Maine

    These people need to spend some time in the unemployment line. I will be glad to do my part to get them there.

    February 23, 2009 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  18. Pete S

    This is funny, are the demo's that voted against the bill being targeted as well?

    February 23, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  19. cnnnewser

    It's time to forget about the republicans and get on with straightening up the mess they created and left.
    WHY are the republicans getting so much attention, anyway? They got us into this mess.

    February 23, 2009 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  20. Independent_me


    Some of the Republicans who voted against the stimulus package are already taking credit for it! They actually sent out press releases to their constituents telling them that it was through their efforts certain provisions were in the bill – the very same bill that they voted against!
    They need to be called out!

    February 23, 2009 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  21. Anonymous

    The party of no, no new ideas, tax cuts and all white country club members will soon be the party of none

    February 23, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  22. True American

    Bye, bye

    February 23, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  23. Tater

    Sounds like political trickery is being played by the republicans! President obama go ahead and nationalize our economy and be done with it already! The sooner the better for all of us!

    February 23, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  24. Terry

    Conservatives, literally, would rather rule a bankrupt nation than help govern a prosperous one. Their strategy, right out of the Newt Gingrich playbook, is oppose, stall, delay, criticize, obstruct, prevent, filibuster, distort, exaggerate, and block any effort to solve any problem in America. If the Obama Administration fails - and Americans suffer - they will be in a stronger position in 2012.

    Conservatism has far outlived any usefulness it might have once had in the national dialog.

    February 23, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  25. DW, NY FOR OBAMA '08

    The Rushpublicans purposely voted against the stimulus to try to derail Obamas' success in his presidency. But, all they have succeeded in doing, is making themselves look greedy, self-centered and racist. But, come 2010, they'll regret their politicking. They'll go down BIG time. Me, personally, can't wait to see their demise.

    February 23, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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