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. Alphonse Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    I wonder who decided that this spit-poison strategy of wild, overblown accusations was a good idea?

    Talk about alienating all but the most extremist elements of your own party! Talk about an impressive strategy to prevent your party from rebounding!

    May 28, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. quarterback

    For the sake of the nation, will the 18 remaining Republicants please commit suicide?

    Thank you.


    May 28, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Shaft

    Pelosi is a botox-poisoned partisan hack that couldn't speak the truth if her life depended on it. As leader of the House for over the last two years she needs to take some reponsibility herself.
    Her priority is feeding her husbands business from the public trough though.

    May 28, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Ray

    It is obvious that she lied... Do not let her get away with it... It is OK for the press to tell the truth and stop being so pro liberal that they let a story like this go away... Shame on them...

    May 28, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Lou from CT

    Hey GOP – get a grip on yourselves...

    You guys are still chewing on the sour grapes...

    The late Freddie Mercury of Queen has it right:

    "All we hear is Radio Gaga, Radio Googoo, Radio Gaga...
    All we hear is Radio Gaga, Radio Blahblah..."

    Come back and see the American people when you have something SENSIBLE to gripe the meantime...

    Don't go away mad...just go away!

    May 28, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Darcy

    Fully backed by the Republican "windbags", Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove. Idiots!

    May 28, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Think about it...

    Dems...LIVE IN THE NOW! Good grief. Every Liberal comment on this site wreaks of bitterness, selfishness and hatefulness. You whine and at everything! You whine and cry when the Republicans are in office. You now whine and cry when the Democrats are in office. Will you ever be satisfied with anything? Try and relax a little. Enjoy life. Try and grow up a little!

    May 28, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Richard Sattich

    These bozos need to get a life.

    May 28, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Ngoc Tran

    I will volunteer my services to make a 30 sec spot for free to counter this ad... Just tap into the motion designers, there's enough of us that don't support the GOP to wreck commercial havoc on their empty messages.

    May 28, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. CindyLouWho

    Republican DESPERATION is setting in.

    May 28, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. RyanD.

    So torture is OK, but knowing about it is A CRIME!


    May 28, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. USA

    It doesn't get any better than this. I love it. This will bring out all the kooks on the left . Sorry dems 2010 and 2012 is looking a lot brighter for the GOP.

    May 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Laughing at you... yes you

    Wow. These people never get tired, do they? So much negativity and hate being spawn. Is this what the Bible teaches?

    May 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Accountability

    Ah....Iran, Guatamela, Nicaragua, Bay of Pigs, Iran Contra....sure....the CIA never lies to politicians.....

    May 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. dennisk

    GOP = no ideas. All they can do is hate and attack. Don't they realize that the majority of Americans hold them responsible for the massive failures of the last eight years? Get it together, GOP, or you'll end up like the Whigs.

    May 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. jesse

    the GOP is dead.

    you'd think they would put that money to GOOD use. like fixing the economy. ending THEIR TWO wars. healthcare.

    but no! they need to engage in school yard games.

    what a group of LOSERS!

    May 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Annie

    They have no plan, nothing new to offer, so all they do is attack. And they're spending good money doing so. It's incredibly pathetic. I almost feel sorry for the whole lot of them – almost.

    May 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. K

    "The cost of the NRCC campaign is under $100,000," -- Because they can count on a bunch of free airtime from guys like CNN.

    May 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |

    Ronald Reagan called George HW Bush a "sissy"
    that can be said for his son "W' and his family. Republicans quit hijacking Reagan. Obama does Reagan better than you do.
    The same goes for mister plastic face ken doll Romney.

    May 28, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Randolph Carter

    Hey GOPers: America. Love it or leave it. Have a nice day!

    May 28, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Tom Eyemdaman

    @Lexia 1:01pm

    It appears the hate is more lopsided in these comments to favor the democrats. The fact is that hatred exists on both sides – it's just tolerated more openly when it's directed at conservatives.

    I think it was wrong for Pelosi to blame the CIA for her own hypocrisy and lies. I also think it's wrong for the Republicans to attack her on this – let the people make up there own mind. Even though stuff like her hypocrisy gets glossed over in the liberal press, attack ads just put the Republicans right back where they were last election cycle.

    May 28, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Don

    Are they dellberatly trying to alienate the rest of the population? Why can they never offer a solution to any problem only division between the issues. I think their true colors are starting to show and they care nothing about this great country of ours, only their llimited ultra conservative viewpoint.

    Let them keep talking and they will bury themselves for decades.

    May 28, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Janet

    Nothing new here – this is the one and only thing the GOP does well – viscious distorted slanderous attacks. Gee I wonder why everyone is deserting the GOP?????

    May 28, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Joe

    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!

    Anyone......Anyone? Bueller....Bueller? Libs......Libs?

    May 28, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Jill-IN

    Too bad republican party is not concerned with getting to the point of who ordered the torturing!

    May 28, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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