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. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Nancy Pelosi has her faults, to be sure, but where were the informed attack ads against the last administration that was clearly at the heart of the mess we're in now?!

    The GOP is good for only one ideology: Telling you what's wrong and who they think is responsible from the other side, but they never, but never, ever publish a solution!

    May 28, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. jon2012

    To Steve in CT: Let's talk about what works, not about ideology, not about rallying cries whether from the right or the left. I think the Obama administration and the Democrats have on the whole delivered this early on. I feel more optimistic about the economic future of this country and the social changes sweeping us.

    May 28, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Proud DHS radical

    While just about everyone here is harping on the GOP ads, how is that stimulus package of Obama working out for you? Why is no one asking the question, where did all those billions Obama dropped on the banks, GM and supposedly towards infrastructure, went to?

    May 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Kenny

    The party of fear is back in action again! When will they learn that in order to govern, you need to appeal to the better angels of people's nature rather than their basest instincts of fear, anger and hate.Bush won an election in 2004 on the basis of fear but the country became more polarized and harder to govern. I believe the Republicans are in danger of being relegated to minority party status for years to come, and I for one will be happy with that outcome.

    May 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Andi

    Don't they have real 'work' to do, like helping their constituents? I could think of thousands of other ways to use that money – but, then again, they'd call it 'handouts', so I guess it's better to spew venom than to actually work.

    Those of you who defend the GOP and the right: is this really what you elected them to do?

    May 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Peter (CA)


    Really? I could spend all day correcting right winger posts since I don't see much accuracy in their "facts".

    Hey I would love to talk facts and ideas but I don't see anything coming from your side other than the same old "cut taxes" and "stop spending". Really? And how do you proprose to keep the country running? No one will argue that people should sit at home collecting money if they can work. But what about everything else??

    May 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. shucks

    The republicans really do have nothing to offer this country in the way of anything constructive. The hate continues unabated and even instigated by Gingrich, Limbaugh, Cheney. This just really goes to show you how deep the hatred and racism really is in the Republican party. Or should we say the party of irrelevance.

    May 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. gngpp

    @ Bud Burgoon-Clark

    He doesn't use a tanning bed. People I know who have seen him in person without a neck tie say that there's no tan from the neck down. That would mean cosmetics, wouldn't it ?

    May 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Drew Heitner

    If the GOP has something constructive to add to our national political discourse, I am quite certain it will be welcomed by intelligent people. The simple-minded attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator in their simian base is the best they've got.
    Let's get to the real issue on peoples' minds: Is the use of torture an American ideal, and did the BUsh-led cabal in Washington lie to us ALL about EVERYTHING in order to advance it's facist agenda?

    May 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Tom Eyemdaman

    @tom 12:52pm

    What they want to expose is her hypocrisy in calling for a politically-motivated investigation when in fact she knew about and approved such tactics herself long ago.

    Since Republicans have a hard time getting any anti-Democratic news to appear in the "objective" press these days, they decided to take out their own ads. A bad idea, methinks, but Pelosi would get off scott-free otherwise.

    May 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. JML

    OK kewl, but GOP'ers, the only people who will ever believe anything you say are yourself. The rest of America and the World see each republican as "the Bush-era LIERS".

    May 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Fascism / Socialism = same thing
    Empathy / Sympathy = same thing
    effect / affect = same thing

    Run Forrest RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. LuAnn & Wayne Houle

    Republicans..........what a joke.

    May 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. abraxis

    The Repugs are trying to redirect the attention away from their failed policies where torture is accepted by them.

    Let's see if torture did not happen under their watch, the war criminal Cheney and the village idiot W, then none of this would happen.

    What the Repugs ought to do is admit their mistakes, apologize, prosecute the guilty parties, and move on. Wait, they are not that intelligent or mature.

    May 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. DavidinCA

    It's understood across the country by now that Nancy Pelosi and the way she abuses her Public "Service" is a good example of all that is wrong with our national government in Washington DC. This includes partisan politics over national interest, wasteful spending without bound especially in support of the far left agenda and a perspective of honesty that is to put it mildly, " ragged at the edges". Keep her around and in 2010 and 2012 the voters will more decisively take our government back and put it to work for the people.

    May 28, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Dan

    C'mon, the CIA hasn't committed a single crime since they sanctioned the execution of President John F. Kennedy and very coyly whacked about 40-50 people in the subsequent cover-up, using "accidental" shootings (to heads and hearts), "overdoses", and "car accidents".

    May 28, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Mac

    I don't think the American public really cares about this whole 'scandal'. There probably wasting money.

    May 28, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. dreamer

    Maybie it's time for a new independent based party.thier is a ton of fairly unhappy folks tired of both partys bickering back and forth.The political roar now days is deafening and being down-right-mean to one and another.Kinda like a room of two and three year olds and you can tell their not happy.What this country needs now is a voice of reason and back off the hate.

    May 28, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Ren from Baltimore

    The DOPE--dopey old party enders--have really got a hot one this time. Should take care of an ashes theyir party might have left behind.


    May 28, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Claudia

    Where do they get the money to run these mean spirited ads? I'm curious who has the money to donate towards this and why aren't they using that money in a more entreprenerial spirit to get the economy going.

    Creeps me out!

    May 28, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Patriot Guy

    This woman is either incompetent, a liar, or both......but then again she is a democrat.

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

    I laugh at these ads they all sound the same they are quite funny now.

    May 28, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. James M. Holmes

    Lets investigate the WHOLE rotten thing!

    Pretty sure the Republicans don't want that though! Maybe they want to investigate all the Republicans who also stated that the CIA "misled" them? Naaa... didn;'t think so... This is just more immature character assassination from the party that hates true American values...

    Nothing they do to try to tear down the Democrats is sticking... maybe they should try to do something positive for once... like... I dunno... maybe helping fix the mess they have left this country in...

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

    Someone should keep a running count of how often the headlines read "GOP & Attack" in the same sentence.

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

    By 2010, Pelosi should be comfortably resting in a nursing home for Altzheimer cases, alonfg with Richard Byrd and Harry Reid...the faces of the socialist // Obama communist party.

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