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. DrGonzo

    Ya who needs Unemployment bennies.
    For the first time the FEED THE CHILDREN organization that provides food to third world countries (like Dafur).
    Made thier forst drop in History on US soil in Ohio,
    DHL closed it's plant in MAY of last year which left 6000 residents without a job and there are no jobs!
    There severesence packages ran out!
    So FEED THE CHILDREN stepped in.
    How sad our country must look on the worlds stage!

    February 23, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Baze

    They're targeting G.O.P. that may be ready to jump ship with the right coercion. It's a seek and divide mission, and don't be surprised if some of these Governors take the bait. The G.O.P. can't survive as the party of no.

    February 23, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. globalgroove

    So Kevin in Ohio....I expect you will be returning any and all dollars you may receive in tax credits and or breaks...even if it's just a few dollars, right? I also expect that you will not patronize or purchase goods from any company that creates even just one job because of the bill.....the list can go on and on....

    February 23, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. LIP

    Wow...do you suppose with a Democratic President and Democratically controlled congress, that somehow some of that stimulus money will find its way into the DNC so they can go after what is left of the Republican party?
    Oversight of the Democrats is sorely lacking.

    February 23, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. Tom in Delaware

    This is free advertising and a boost to these Republicans re-election campaigns.

    The fat lady is singing loudly now.

    The Democrats have sown the wind and now they have to reap the whirlwind.

    "If you want to stop a snake you don't step on it's tail, you have to step on it's head and crush it, otherwise it will just bite you." -Author 'Bomber' Harris

    February 23, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Seattle Sue

    If the stimulus package doesn't work Republicans might get re-elected, but if the stimulus does work the voters will remember who voted against it , and vote them out of office.

    February 23, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Jim

    I find it amazing how ignorant the American People are. If you think for one minute that the so called stimulus package is going to help, you need some serious counseling. This package is filled with garbage that individuals put in to help their own agenda. Tell me why we need money for condoms. Why Reid needs a bullet train from LA to Las Vegas, 8B worth, that by the time it is finished will probably top 20B.

    Wake up America. You are spending your children's and grandchildren's and likely your great-grandchildren's legacy. Is that what you really want.

    February 23, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Big Ed

    Let the votes be known!

    February 23, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Jim

    @ texas teacher. I hope you are teaching PE and not math or government.

    February 23, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Mike in Houston

    Wait for what's coming next.

    Obama is now calling for restraint to balance the budget.

    Now, last week he spends $800 billion on pork. Know what's coming this week? Tax Increase.... Sure, he'll call it "elminating the Bush tax cuts for the rich"; but we all know how that works.

    You know that $16/week that the pork package gives the "average American', well the average American will now owe an additional $38 / week in tax increases.

    Change we can believe in alright.

    February 23, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. billy gisher

    hooray for the courage of these republicans? most of the people living in their districts were opposed to the plan. that is not courage. having them voting for the plan, that would be courage.

    February 23, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. NY republican

    What of the Democrats that voted against, I wonder what will happen to them besides NOTHING?

    February 23, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Typical demoncrats. Lets not worry about the results.
    Typical republican patriots. Let's kill innocent Arab women and children and spy on our own citizens.

    February 23, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Since these Republicans don't have a solution to help the people of the states they represents, then call them out, they don't deserve to hold any office. Trillions of dollars being spent in WAR and they have the nerve not to vote for helping Americans. GET RID OF THEM.

    February 23, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Randall from VA

    Why are 3 in 4 Americans fearful for the country? Because of nonsense like the stimulus bill. I know that this comment board is mainly used by partisans to throw knee-jerk reactions and thoughts at the other side. I can tell by reading a few comments, that's no big mystery. But come on. Calling people IGNORANT because they disagree with spending HUNDREDS of BILLIONS on a plan that no one has read, no one fully understands, that is full of pet projects and payback? This is totally BOGUS. Wouldn't you prefer a more thought-out plan? I don't blame anyone for examining this thing for strings attached and loop-holes and all sorts of shadiness. The whole mess stinks of corruption and waste.

    February 23, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Ryan In Clevo


    Well...aren't people ALLOWED to disagree with the stimulus bill?

    Ontop of that, is this REALLY what we need the majority party to be doing right now? Spending time and resources on telemarketing to point out that the minority party disagreed with them? Bill's passed already, right? So...what's the point again?

    February 23, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. NY republican

    As a fellow "VietNam COMBAT vet" I find your "ibnorant" misspelling very embarrassing. PLEASE learn to spell BEFORE calling someone else ignorant. It does SO MUCH for your credibility!!

    February 23, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Ken in NC

    You know that there is a funny side to this mess we are in right now.

    If attempts by Democrats to pull us out of this mess work as they hope, then Republicans will suffer for years to come and if they don't work then Democrats will be blamed for the potential failure of our nation. I guess you wonder what the funny part is. Well, while Democrats are making efforts to turn our economy around, Republicans are in opposition to and are working very hard to insure the attempts fail and they do not seem to understand that if we do managed to pull ourselves out of this mess they will be seen as making efforts to cause the country to fail. Now part of our problem is that almost no one in government lived through the GREAT DEPRESSION so there is no one to guide us. We have to use our own ideas and no one knows for sure if any of them will work. If Republicans had won majorities in Congress and the Senate and won the White House they would be in control just as they were during the Bush years. Now that they are not on control, they are doing everything they can to cause the party in power to fail. This is not in the best interest of our nation. I feel that as a nation this is a time when we should all be working together as a nation in an effort to make the adopted ideas work.

    Seeing Americans working against each other is what really scares the hell out of me more than a failing economy and I don't care if it is Republicans against Democrats or Democrats against Republicans. This is not the time for this kind of crap from adults. Now is the time to work together and if it doesn't work then we should try something else but we should not trying to put forth a plan and then have some working in an active manner to cause it's failure.

    Well I guess it is not so funny but more of SAD.

    February 23, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. alvino

    It is hard to praise these 12 republicans who, like sheep, followed the wishes of Rush Limbaugh.

    February 23, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. usualone

    Do they really need to target these GOP folk? When the constituents of these GOPers see other states begin to get out of the muck we are in now, that's all it will take. They have a right to go after these people; however couldn't their monies and tactics be better spent for the next election?

    February 23, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Some Guy

    All they need to do is let Haliburton implement the stimulus package. That way the greedy rich people get to skim billions off the top and the lazy poor people all get low paying jobs rebuilding this great land of ours. Everybody wins. Now play nice everybody.
    -Some Guy

    February 23, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. NY republican

    PLEASE, learn to spell before calling others "ibnorant"

    February 23, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Take a look at the stock market and then tell me that voting for the stimulus was the wright move. I though Obama said this would arrest the losses in the market immediately. He also said that it would create jobs immediately. What dose unemployment look like as of now? I know, I need to give him more time, right. I guess using the means Obama said would determine if the stimulus worked or not is unfair.

    February 23, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Brandon

    They are running around trying to make a case for failure. they should be targeted. it is one thing to criticie a failure – like bush of conservative ideology , but quite another to wish failure on the United States and wish misery on millions of American working families. these folks should be targeted, and so should the entire GOP.

    February 23, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. alvino

    There are political signs in my neighborhood where the once proud 'elephant' and 'GOP' are noteably missing. It appears their only chance of election is to avoid their party affiliiation on their literature.

    February 23, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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