May 28th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
13 years ago

House GOP takes aim at Pelosi

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/28/art.nrccpelosi0528.nrccyt.jpg caption="The NRCC's new tv spot has a Mission Impossible theme."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans have launched a coordinated public relations blitz against 17 congressional Democrats that seeks to tie them to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her accusations that the CIA misled Congress about the interrogation of terror suspects.

Specifically, the multi-faceted campaign targets these Democrats with television or radio ads, or a pre-recorded telephone message to constituents' homes, that criticizes the members of Congress for voting against initiating an investigation into when Pelosi learned about the use of waterboarding.

It is the first time the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the congressional GOP, has bought a TV ad using Pelosi's comments about the CIA. Late last week, the Republican National Committee posted a Web video comparing the House speaker to the James Bond character Pussy Galore. The RNC video has since been removed from its Web site and You Tube.

(Updated after the jump with Democratic response)

The cost of the NRCC campaign is under $100,000, but it is a harbinger of the GOP's decision to use Pelosi as a campaign issue 17 months before the 2010 elections.

"Accusing the CIA of criminal activity might make Nancy Pelosi popular with her San Francisco constituents, but it also makes her a liability in swing districts across the country," said Ken Spain, the NRCC's communications director.

The NRCC is running the 30-second TV ad for a week against Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil. The 60-second radio ads target New Mexico Rep. Harry Teague, Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth, Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye, and Virginia Rep. Tom Periello. The recorded calls are being directed to constituents of New York Rep. John Hall, Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Rep. Harry Mitchell, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick, Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright, Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer, Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen, North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell, and Ohio Rep. John Boccierri.

Jennifer Crider, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, dismissed the GOP campaign against Pelosi as partisan politics.

"The tired attacks from the Republican Party of No are just an attempt to distract from the progress President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Congress are making on jobs, health care, and energy," Crider said. "Polls show that Americans are reacting badly to House Republicans lack of ideas, obstruction, and commitment to the politics of the past."


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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Maryellen

    The party of hate!

    May 28, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    GOP Being childish, still having no solutions and simply being paid dirt bags? Say it isn't so.........

    And in another startling turn of events, the sun rose in the east today.

    May 28, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Claudia in Houson

    What in the world is the RNC doing to help our economy, absolutely nothing. Americans are already "dirt poor" and aren't interested in the RNC's dirty workings. Do something about the economy, jobs and health care for our country and our children.

    May 28, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. David

    We have no solutions, just anger and slogans.

    May 28, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Jim in San Jose

    Desperation is as desperation does.

    May 28, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Beth

    Seems like the same old Republican tactics. They really haven't changed at all and this media blitz isn't going to be successful. Once again, it's going to make the Republicans look like attack dogs. I really think they need to change their politics. They are just not very nice people.

    May 28, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Baze

    Nancy Pelosi has officially become the 650 lb gorilla for the Democratic party. Now the G.O.P. has a political standpoint that they can use to start reclaiming power.

    May 28, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Frank, Las Vegas

    Typical GOP, half truths and lies. Spreading fear and hate. Then they wonder why the American people rejected them and continue to reject them. The same old tactics, so much for the New GOP.

    By the way, what ever happened to their Listening Tour? It seems like it consisted of one stop when Rush shut it down, never to be heard from again.

    May 28, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. andrea

    shame on them, we are struggeling and they have nothing else to do, but trying to point the finger and playing the blame game. no real solution for real life problems. they should be ashamed of themselfes
    they need to grow up.

    May 28, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Pat

    If you think the CIA has never lied to Congress, I have a bridge I can sell you. You know the one in Alaska. Nancy Pelosi will be vindicated.

    May 28, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Saboth

    Exactly what is the point of throwing money into an ad attacking people that were just elected?

    I really couldn't care less what Pelosi meant about a conversation that happened like 7 years ago. "Hey can you tell me what they told you 7 years ago?" "Son, I'm almost 70 years old". Hell, I couldn't tell you what someone told me 7 months ago and I'm only 34. Granted, she should have said something like "to my recollection, they did not tell me these details". I think it was poor wording, and I think this is a frivolous pursuit on the part of the GOP.

    May 28, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    GLAD to see my "People" back on the Blogs!! Yesterday must have been a full moon, CNN blogs were crowded with .......... rightwing-nuts!

    @ David.......... SO true!

    May 28, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. ANGIE IN PA

    RNC When are you gonna care about this Country and The People rather then Politics? Are you ever gonna work with the New President and New Congress for the Good of the Country or do you put Party First? Country Last P A T H E T I C!

    May 28, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Adele

    Grand Obsolete Party ... Next item please.

    May 28, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Pete

    Just one more of her many lies and double dealings. Throw her out and be done with it!

    May 28, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Tom L

    You are showing your true "blue" color with your defense of Pelosi. She has clearly lied and you are trying to deflect the attention towards Republicans. Be honest rather than partisan, for once. There is no defense for this.

    May 28, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Dems_Wakeup

    The GOP are about the slimiest group of right wing radicals in existence. But the Dems better wake up, because the GOP's "attach the person – not the facts" has proven successful in the past.

    I would to think that hate creating, smear campaigning, fear mongering radicals couldn't be successful again with their same old attack plan. But you have to admit... it's what they do best. They do it better than actually running the country.

    May 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Ryan Wing

    Targeting rather than offering solutions?!? How unique of them.

    May 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. ron

    The more they speak, the further left I go...

    May 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Billy

    I'll start listening to the GOP when they start talking about solutions.

    May 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Todd

    If they are going to try to take down Pelosi, they had better also take everyone involved with the whole ordeal. Pretty much that includes the entire republican party. They should bring up criminal charges.

    May 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. alvino

    Wake up GOP! This is not 2001 and that crap does not work anymore.

    May 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. lars

    I don't understand... is there an election cycle already going on? I don't remember so many ads, by BOTH parties, wasting money on commercials that are not for a public vote and have very little influence, save getting the base excited. Spend it on something else, kids, or you will never get a dime from me again.

    May 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Kevin Denver Colorado

    I got news for you GOP......... we don't care what Pelosi said. We KNOW the CIA lied to congress. What do you think we are? Terrified xenophobes like you?

    May 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Bubba

    Actually I think Pelosi can probably prove her point; after all Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Colin Powell all lied to Congress about this stuff. When Clinton did that about his zipper it was a major crime; luckily it's ok when Republicans do it. I wonder why the elephants are so eager to have all this stuff revealed; oh yeah, they're trying to do the investigation themselves and suppress it all.

    May 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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