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. FreeNLovIt - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek

    Did she kill anyone? If not, who cares. Like I said, two men threw oil on a car and one of them lit a fire. She saw the smoke and now she's guilty??? Come on America...

    May 28, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Jim

    What does GOP stand for now – Goofy Old People?

    May 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. anderson n carolina

    The republicans have nothing to offer the American people! No solutions, no hope,....nothing but fear mongering and hate! When they lose even more seats in 2010 maybe they will realize the American people really do get it!

    May 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. norb

    What the Republican party doesn't understand ( to nobody's surprise) is that things have changed. The Obama camp understood this and won by over 9 million votes! If the republicans continue to use Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh as their spokepeople for the party. Well, they're doomed. These are the same people that wanted to privatize Social Security. Tell that to the millions who's 401k's are worth half or less than half. We all have listned to the lies these past eight years and look what we got? Nobody wants to go back to the Reagan years believe me.

    May 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    repubs scum scum and more scum

    May 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek

    Someone threw oil on the car and lit a fire and she saw the smoke and she's guilty of it ???? Come on America!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. barbara

    If you can not handle the truth about pelosi with her words being shoved right in your face then it is you that is totally pathetic. Or maybe you dont want to know the truth because to know it is to acknowledge that you have to so something about it. Perhaps you are too lazy to stand up and fight for what is right,...perhaps you take it as it comes and then when you get mad you blog your anger. Sad.

    May 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Grrr-awful-o

    Pelosi is a slimy witch for trying to throw CIA servicemen under the bus as her "alibi" for lying to America. If you're going to accuse the CIA of lying to the Congress (a federal offense!) then either prove it and punish the guilty or don't make the accusation. But Pelosi is only interested in saving her own skin through all of this. And she's the one who got herself into it in the first place by insisting on investigating the Bush administration. Obviously she allowed the torture as well but doesn't want that to come out in the investigation (hint: we can already see that's what happened, Nancy). SAD!

    May 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. w.l. jones

    The Republican is still standing on thy dock trying to catch the boat the Democratic has lone gone for better thing for the American people. Ms. Pelosia and the Democratic team have put the CIA thing behind and constrating on the economy.

    May 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Marv...

    Is this real? Do these folks live in a different country? If they're going after the Speaker, why aren't they going after the Bush Administration. If Nancy is wrong, what does that make Bush.

    May 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Tate

    Why cant nancy be waterboarded would her face actually melt off? Democrats have no shame, and lie about the people who risk there life to keep us safe. She should be charged with treason and locked away.

    May 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Will 18E

    Lets see, where were the GOP adds attcking the Bush admin, when he and others blamed the Intel community for there failed choices in Iraq?

    May 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Kevin Denver Colorado

    @pelosiispathetic: I want to believe the Liberals cannot really be as ignorant as they pretend to be by continuing to support this proven liar.

    Proven without any "proof" ............ yep, that's the republican way alright!
    Ever hear of a thing called priorities? One who may have known vs. one who committed the act?????? are you freaking serious?

    May 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. susie

    The Democrats are putting us in the Poor House with all their spending.

    May 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. SOSMAN

    Look GOP – You guys lost. Get over it. Who are you kidding? You've got Rush and Rove and Chenney (your three headed serpent) that has done nothing but lie to American while Uncle 'W' was in power. CIA lie to anybody, give me a brake.

    May 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. IndyVoter

    Give it up Republicans! Its old already! If you think the CIA (a spy agency) has never ever ever bent the truth for its own purposes (however well intentioned) you are truly naive and or just playing politics.

    May 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Where was the outrage when Ms DICK Cheney Outed CIA operative Valerie Plame

    The CIA lied...BIG DEAL!

    How about the CIA claiming that Saddam's having WMD is slam dunk?! ...the CIA needs to be investigated first for the false-hoods to american people about the war intelligence report , along with Ms. Dick Cheney for using the CIA to engage in torture and for the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. fella from Chicago

    Ah the Dems, the party of transparency; Hart, Clinton, and Edwards among others....all caught with their pants down. Their tax cheats are too numerous to name along with their misguided leaders of Congress, Reid and Pelosi. Now there's a party of hope; not!!

    May 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. E.J. in Tacoma

    The GOP needs to worry about how they are going to bring their party up from the ashes and leave the house speaker alone. Instead of constant bashing of the Democrat's start thinking about their own credibility as a party. Wake up and do something more than dreaming of past icons like Reagan and Nixon (remember Watergate) he and Agnew were real winners!

    May 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Paul Thompson

    Liberal media supports liberal politics.

    Everything is biased...wake up...
    the democrats control your information.

    CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, etc. + Democrat Propaganda =
    the end of the USA

    May 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Jasmine

    Will the pathetic GOP never learn? They would actually have more of a chance if they stopped acting like moronic juvenile delinquents! We're done with the phony shock and shenanigans ya'll have been displaying over this Pelosi thing and every other thing that the majority party says or does – STOP WHINING!!!!!....what she said is not unusual and people from BOTH parties have said the EXACT SAME THING!!!! This isn't a shock to those of us who actually pay attention.

    NOW..either settle down and work on SOLUTIONS or keep losing until ya do! Your choice!!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Bleebo

    I can not blive that they continue to collect peoples money and waste them on ADS, GOP be ought to be a shame of their positions. Do something contructive with the money that you BEG people for, send some kids to camp, a decent camp, or pay for some childs medical expenses, PLEASE do something sensible.

    May 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Wayne

    Why is it that mostly everyone in the Senate HOuse are afraid to stand up to Pelosi. She has constantly make rediculous comments on Iraq, immigration, and other policies. This woman should kicked out on her can for lying just to cover up her mistakes. Not to investigate this issue shows that the Democrats has something to hide. Most of our leaders in office today are crooks and individualist. We don't need them to lead our country. This is a sad day for America when we are fighting amoung ourseleves. Our other nations are looking at us like some idiots that all they care about saving face.,instead of being a team and pulling together as a whole.

    May 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Bill

    Can't wait until midterm elections when Peliesi will go down with all the other stupid dems that are sitting around not doing anything good for the country. The dems that are in congress right now are the republicans god send because they will lose many offices.

    May 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Grrr-awful-o

    In reading the various comments here I can see that the democrats have become very arrogant. You assume a lot considering how much wreckage your party has created in the first 120 days of the Obama presidency and the democratically controlled Congress. Maybe not so good to lose your humility.

    May 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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