Targeted attacks on vulnerable 2012-ers
February 23rd, 2011
03:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Targeted attacks on vulnerable 2012-ers

Washington (CNN) – The Democratic and Republican Congressional fundraising arms launched campaigns Wednesday targeting vulnerable candidates ahead of the 2012 election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will run automated phone calls, web ads and emails throughout the week aimed at 50 House Republicans for "backing partisan plans that make the wrong budget choices."

The automated phone calls criticize Republican lawmakers for supporting plans that will cut government funding, including jobs and infrastructure funding.

"We have to cut spending and reduce the deficit, but House Republicans are making the wrong choices by asking middle class families to shoulder all of the sacrifice while not asking Big Oil companies making record profits to sacrifice anything," Jesse Ferguson, spokesman for the DCCC said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released automated phone calls directed at ten incumbent House members who voted for the stimulus and against the GOP-backed bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

"You thought Matheson would've learned his lesson after his big-spending stimulus failed, but last week he voted against a budget bill that actually cut spending," the call says.

"In voting for the stimulus, Matheson turned his back on his constituents and instead lent his support to his party's platform of big spending and preserving the status quo in Washington," NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay said referencing Utah Democrat Jim Matheson, who is one of the targeted representatives. "Matheson again proved he would rather toe his party's line when he voted against a budget proposal last week that would cut spending and lower the debt burden for middle-class American families."

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: DCCC • NRCC
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Shane

    Personal attacks w/ gang mentality. Dirty politics as usual. Never bother to discuss any real issue.

    February 23, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists

    Democratic fundraising is irrelevant when you have corporations funding unprecedented amounts of cash into the coffers or republican candidates. Our democracy is for sale and the John Roberts SCOTUS should be ashamed of themselves for selling out America! Their ruling was downright treasonous.

    February 23, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's official people, the Koch Brothers are running our Government as "silent partners" with the Republican Party and you the voter aren't invited.

    February 23, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. furious

    Republicans have always been for the rich. The problem is that they will still be eating stake while you will have to settel for a box of bran flakes. i think that they duped the american people to get into the position and then went back to their same old ways. WHEN WILL AMERICA WAKE UP AND SEE THEM FOR WHO THEY ARE! They will still be getting a check when yours stops if the goverment sghuts down. do you think they when you are looking to see where your next meal is coming from just know that they are still having steak.

    February 23, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. diridi

    do not worry about these GOP thugs, they even sent me one DVD saying Obama is linked to nasty know what happened, Obama is our GOP is going to be defeated like a is the prediction....

    February 23, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    No one in Washington, gives 2 hoots about the citizens of this country.

    February 23, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Inmyopinion

    Who cares, I just watched Governor Walker of Wisconsin on CNN and he's better than any Republican or Democrat presidential candidate for 2012 I have seen and President Obama could learn from him. It's a shame he's not running in 2012, he would be good for our country.

    February 23, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    Target your wingnut loose cannon Snookie Palin first and foremost.

    February 23, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Inmyopinion

    Instead of wasting time on these attacks they should spend time making public to us the salaries and benefits of all government employees in the U.S. so that we can be informed where our tax dollars are going and we can vote if these employees should continue to receive the pay and benefits they are receiving, after all it is our tax money. Representative Kucinich just made an interesting point on CNN that Unions bargain for employees, I think no more, government employees start bargaining with the taxpayers and we vote on it as they are getting paid by tax dollars.

    February 23, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. fayse

    Scott Walker is owned lock stock and barrel by the Koch brothers. He should be recalled as soon as possible. Colusion is illegal. He is trying to establish himself as the dictator of Wisconsin. The protestors are willing to make the concession but they do not want their rights destroyed. This new TP Governor is the first to be exposed but he won't be the last. America, it is time to take our Country back from the Tea Party before they take all of our freedoms away, take away health care and give the Corporations all of the money and power. No Party should be allowed to receive secret donations in the miilliions. That is called buying elections. Neither Party should be allowed to do that.

    February 23, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Bob

    When will the Democrat Party comply with truth in advertising laws and rename itself the "Party of Fleecing Taxpayers On Behalf of Greedy Public Employee Unions"?

    February 23, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Name king

    These repugs want to distroy the middle class and labor unions that's keeping them a float. But who is going to buy America high end items like homes and transportation, and how those industries are going to survive, do they expect the poor to afford these expensive items, or the top two percent to buy up all these homes and live in them. America refuse to allow the repugs to bring her down to a third world country level, without a middle class, where only the filthy rich and the dirty poor resides

    February 23, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Spending our Way to Financial Collapse

    So the Democrats actually think saying people are cutting sending is going to be a NEGATIVE for them??!! How clueless can these people be? Cutting spending and saving this country from bankruptcy will be a major accomplishment and will get people re-elected. And NONE of them will be Democrats! 2012 will bring VERY BAD news for the Democrat party. BANK ON IT.

    February 23, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Inmyopinion

    to Name King: Hate to tell you that those high end items like homes and transportation are bought and owned by government employees like teachers. Ask around in the high end neighborhoods and you will find government inspectors, teachers, professors, dept. managers, clerks, mail carriers, etc... living there. Wake up and smell the coffee.

    February 23, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "So the Democrats actually think saying people are cutting sending is going to be a NEGATIVE for them??!! How clueless can these people be? "

    You're right, it doesn't matter at all WHAT spending gets cut, as long as the numbers at up to a smaller number. Why bother informing yourself or reading the proposed budgets or understanding what functions and which populations various governmental and regulatory agencies serve or police? It doesn't matter as long as the numbers are smaller! It doesn't matter as long as you just go with your programming and hate any and all forms of governance because it gets in the way of your bigotry or religiosity or you've got an inbred disgust for the feds beacuse your wside lost the Civil War! It doesn't matter that the GOP is proposing cuts that will adversely affect women's rights, the ability of the most helpless among us to get help, those in most need, those who have no lobbies or special interests to defend them, like the homeless veterans walking our streets or mentally ill...the least among us!!! IT DOESN'T MATTER AT ALL TO THE GOP AS LONG AS THE NUMBER IS SMALLER AND THEIR CORPORATE AND ULTRA-WEALTHY MASTERS DON'T HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL!!! They believe America is for the rich and successful and those who are so overly superwealthy they couldn't possibly spend everything they've accumulated in 10 wasn't meant for the poor or minorities or sick or immigrants. The sh-t written on Ellis Island's walls is a hoax.

    February 23, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |