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

House GOP takes aim at Pelosi

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Nick 27, So Cal

    Same old Republicans.. Can't teach an old dog new tricks!

    May 28, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. frank

    To paraphrase tthe GOP's hero of long ago, RR, "Here they go again"!!
    BTW the GOP is no long G; it's just O!

    May 28, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. james

    So many times, I have heard people in the CIA itself, talk about how inaccurate their meeting notes are. They routinely make meeting notes weeks after meetings take place. On numerous occasions, there have been notes to come out that say people are there, and then the truth comes out that those mentioned were verifiably somewhere else. I don't doubt Pelosi one ounce when she says she wasn't briefed on water boarding....then again it doesn't matter, since SHE wasn't the one doing the waterboarding, or authorizing it. Such a smoke screen to hide the fact of the previous administrations' incompetence!

    May 28, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Felonious Monk

    What we have here is Republicans not wanting to accept the responsibility of their actions. Pelosi did not authorize "torture", Bush and Cheney did. They are distracting Americans with all this mud they are throwing.
    Let's get back to the real issue; torture and who authorized it and when.
    If Pelosi is guilty of lying, then she needs to accept the responsibility of her actions.
    Anyone, and everyone who is guilty on this torture issue must be brought to justice.
    This is all just smoke and mirrors.

    May 28, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Ted:Canada

    Don't worry about it Pelosi!

    The Republicans have more ideolgical ties with the Taliban than any the political factions – these extreme right factions are starting to die off across the whole world.

    It is just a matter of time before they are totally eliminated.

    Both the Republicans and the Taliban just hate it when women have a voice.

    All they do is attack and bomb – they are a threat to the free world!

    May 28, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. AJB

    Did they also use the comments made by gingrich and hoekstra – they essentially said the same thing? I didn't think so... They both stated or inferred that the CIA had been dishonest, but I guess that doesn't fit with their plan of attack. Just more from the do as I say not as I do republican party.

    They just don't get it. With all the problems in this country, this is they hooey they focus on. No solutions.

    May 28, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Think about it...

    Focus like a lazer beam here. The Pelosi issue is not about anything but "Her" accusing the CIA of lying. The facts are that even Leon Panetta (Democatic Colleague and CIA Director) and many other Democrats are uncomfortable with Pelosi's accusations. There are many other democrats who were in the same briefings as Pelosi who do not agree with her accusations. By the way, has anyone questioned Hillary Clinton or John Kerry about what THEY heard during those same briefings? Why aren't they coming to Pelosi's defense....hmmm...probably because they know she's lying through her teeth and they don't want to go down with her!

    May 28, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. kgeukes

    Oh and Steve from Phoenix?? Move to anywhere but here because you have no clue and you must be a Rethug!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Tillie

    Those silly Rep[ublicans are at it again. When are they ever going to grow up and act like humans?

    May 28, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Tom in CA

    Non-issue from the party of NO!

    May 28, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Jim Stafford

    Has anyone ever seen an intelligent comment posted on CNN? You all enjoy...

    May 28, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. daphne

    No amount of painting Pelosi as a toad will change the fact that Republicans were in charge of two of the branches of government when all hell broke loose.

    May 28, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. mtv

    Soooo it was Pelosi and not Bush and Cheney who decieved everyone and start this mess...........WRONG>>>>>>>>GOP GET A LIFE AND TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT YOURSELF

    May 28, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Chris

    Accusing the CIA of criminal activity, perish the thought!

    You would think they did something terrible, like circumventing
    Congress altogether by illegally trading arms for hostages
    and diverting the profits to Nicaraguan terrorists, er, uh,

    We all know THAT could never happen!

    May 28, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Lexia

    The Republican Party has become a party of haters....they're circling the drain, hopefully never to rise again!

    May 28, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Ia Guy

    Im no fan of Pelosi...actually I can't stand her but the GOP is really showing their desperation here!

    21% of the population and shrinking!

    May 28, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Dave

    yada yada yada. does anyone listen to these Bozo obstructionist no idea fruitcakes any more? really, do they?
    Run the f'ing country, people. we're in plenty of trouble ; DO somethingdammit

    May 28, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Operation Crush Rush

    The GOP is bought for and owned by Anti American Companies. Limbaughs street teamers on here dont have anything of value to offer.Dont listen to them.They just want to lie and distract you from the truth.Keep flooding Rushbo with calls and e mail,he loves the feedback and his sponsors are running scared.Great work crushers.

    May 28, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. jonas

    Soooo...... the Republicans are dumb enough to believe that the C.I.A. has never deceived anyone. Hearty laugh!!!! Fall out of chair laughing!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Boy that herring is red.

    May 28, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. pete at the beach

    Has anyone seen that cute new republican logo??? it takes the GOP elephant turns the trunk into a tail and the tail into the head of a dinosaur–soooo appropriate

    May 28, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Bob

    The only thing the GOP knows how to do anymore is have tantrums over non-important issues. The CIA has already admitted that their records are based on 7 year old memories, and they have already acknowledged that a lot of their records are wrong. The only thing an investigation will get the GOP is charges against their former administration.

    May 28, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. dblzap

    What about the economy, war, stock market, etc...

    The GOP again is WASTING their time on this and should drop it!

    Them boys are running out of feet to shoot!

    May 28, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Jadie

    The Republicans have become so full of hate and bitterness, I doubt they'll regain the power they once had. The GOP is amost doomed.

    May 28, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. TangledThorns

    This is how Pelosi will be useful for the GOP. The GOP winning back in 2010 should be a breeze. The only thing Democrats have to offer are new taxes, deficits, and outdated anti-Bush rhetoric.

    May 28, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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