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. Mike in Houston

    Nothing will help their re-election chances better than the democrats attacking these republicans for voting against an $800 billion spending bill that raises taxes on states, increases the deficit, increases inflation and fuels democratic pork-projects.

    Congratulations to ALL representatives and Senators who voted against this Spending Bill.

    February 23, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. raagos

    its about time gop has pay back. because they fail to help american poeple

    I am willing to put my money to help defeat gop

    February 23, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. t cope

    Add a few GOP Senators too guys!

    February 23, 2009 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  4. DG

    These people should all be ashamed and we should vote them out of office.

    February 23, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  5. america first

    i don't see how the republicans can LOOK AT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, our country needs help now, President Obama has a plan, maybe it's not perfect, but it's with the people's BEST INTEREST IN MIND, it will get us BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK, the republicans need to leave Washington for good.

    February 23, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Ron L

    OH...One other thing.. The list is really TOO SMALL !! I am an independent that has voted both Republican and Democratics and I can tell you this is my philosphy.... When things get this screwed up and 90% of all economist that TRULY understand the dynamics of the econmy say it NEEDS government spending to prevent things from getting worst...YOU SUPPORT IT!! You compromise some and get behind it..It is VERY SAD so many Republicans are so small minded that they don't understand they are really sounding like a bunch of idiots..And I mean that literally. When they economy starts to regain it's heartbeat we can then debate tax cuts , waste in spending programs, and a plan to balance the budget in 4 to 10 years, etc... BUT THIS IS NOT THE TIME.....

    February 23, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. steven d

    I am in favor of the stimulus but I worry about what Congress will do.In the past the Congress has O.K'd benefits for illegal immigrants and done other things which sap the U.S. economy.Dual citizenship is another way to send paychecks from American jobs to Mexico and abroad.It also dilutes the amount of jobs available to the American worker.Not good at a time of Gov't bailouts with taxpayers money.I feel I should replace the word Liberal with Stupid because congress knows all the facts.There is no telling what Congress will do next.

    February 23, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Blossum

    Off with their heads!

    February 23, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. and history will read...

    GOP brought the U.S. to its knees

    the sooner the Repub party dies off, the healthier for the U.S.

    February 23, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  10. Art

    Maybe the DCC should target themselves

    February 23, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. John L in StL Mo.

    This is a shame, here we have someone who has volunteer to plug the hole in the ship surrounded by high winds and choppy waves but yet the Repugs sit back drinking champane , eating shrimp cocktails and complain about the method of the repairs being made . They need to resign so that a true citizen came serve the people .

    February 23, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  12. Texas Teacher

    As I have said repeatedly, the people are going to have to put pressure on these republicans who are playing politics with our futures! Call it what they will that is the reason behind their decision NOT to support this stimulus package!

    The ONLY other reason would be that they are NOT going to get any way to skim off the top of this package for themselves. Trust me.... good ole boy, ole time politics is till out there....don't forget the Burris debucale! He is just a symptom of how politics works in this country!

    Wake up, People, demand what we need... and that is for Obama to be able to follow through on his campaign promises! That is why we voted for him! We want this package! Time to bail out the People... not just Wall Street and Republican congressment and governors!

    February 23, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. lyn

    These stimulus programs are a silly way the politicians try to show us they are doing something. We lost our tariffs when Bill Clinton gave China "most favored nation status". There went the good paying factory jobs!
    Now if we really care about our economy we will undo that act! we need to go back to the 1950s taxes and tariffs, utherwise we will never become the great nation we were. Those tax brackets went up to 91%, thet controled the greedy, and the tariffs kept the factories here!

    February 23, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. jason, tx

    all Republicans should be ashamed of their elected officials.

    February 23, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. lyn

    (this is a corrected version of a previous comment!)

    These stimulus programs are a silly way the politicians try to show us they are doing something. We lost our tariffs when Bill Clinton gave China "most favored nation status". There went the good paying factory jobs!
    Now if we really care about our economy we will undo that act! we need to go back to the 1950s taxes and tariffs, otherwise we will never become the great nation we were. Those tax brackets went up to 91%, that controlled the greedy, and the tariffs kept the factories here!

    February 23, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. facts are facts

    Funny none of the Republicans are on the list that are front and center doing all the politicing against the bill. My guess is most if not all of those on this list will be unemployed in the near future.

    February 23, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Michael Ames, Syracuse

    Why don't we also add John McHugh from upstate New York. That worthless lifer in the house has even refused to meet with the President today because of 'other priorities' in his district. Congressman, your district is second poorest in the state–maybe you should get off your ideological high horse and become a team player–call it a step in the interest of job security.

    February 23, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    I'm glad the DCCC is putting them on blast. The people need to lknow who voted against the bil so we can vote them out next year.

    February 23, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. waiting for something good

    I praise the 12 republicans who voted against this spending bill. It had to be difficult to vote for what's right rather than follow like sheep.

    Hooray for their courage. I wish we had more like them in Congress, those who oppose wrong no matter the consequences of going up against people who will try to destroy you if you have an opposing view just because they have the money.

    Odd that when democrats have money, they seek to destroy opposing views, not debate, not partisenship, but to destroy. Yeah, that's change you better believe in or else.

    February 23, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. waiting for something good

    I praise the 12 republicans who voted against this spending bill. It had to be difficult to vote for what's right rather than follow like sheep.

    Hooray for their courage. I wish we had more like them in Congress, those who oppose wrong no matter the consequences of going up against people who will try to destroy you if you have an opposing view just because they have the money.

    Odd that when democrats have money, they seek to destroy opposing views, not debate, not bi-partisenship, but to destroy. Yeah, that's change you better believe in or else.

    February 23, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  21. bill

    Typical demoncrats. Lets not worry about the results.

    February 23, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. Sean

    Go right ahead. The entire American public knows this bailout sucks. The only ones that are in favor of it are the idiots who wrote it.

    February 23, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. Q

    Actually, I think these Repubs were against the largest waste of taxpayer money in history. What a waste of effort...those Dems need to be focused on managing/spending that money. Instead, they want to play politics with everything to make themselves look good. Go figure...more of the same...

    February 23, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. Right

    What's the DCCC so afraid of that they have to attack their colleagues?

    This isn't about a tax cut.... this bill is about SPENDING.

    Remember these names... they will be the heros in the next election.

    February 23, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. texas teacher

    of course they are.... they are playing politics with our relief stimulus package!

    If not that, then it is good ole boy, ole time politics... which is alive and well... thank you very much... all you have to do is look at the Burris case to know it is true... that is not an isolated case by far! The only other explanation is that they do not want the strings attached... that means they will NOT be able to able to skim off the top their own profits!

    Let them say what they will... the above is the ONLY reasons!

    February 23, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
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