Democrats target 25 GOP House incumbents in radio ads
November 4th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Democrats target 25 GOP House incumbents in radio ads

(CNN) - Democrats will begin airing biting radio ads in the districts of 25 House Republicans Monday, claiming the targeted members of Congress are beholden to special interests and have questionable ethics.

The ads, produced and paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, were released to coincide with the one-year point to the 2012 election. Democrats hope to regain control of the House of Representatives next November.

The radio spots focus on Republicans the DCCC have identified as vulnerable in next year's election, and are part of a campaign called "Drive for 25," which will also incorporate phone calls to voters, internet advertising, and automated telephone calls.

Democrats would need to pick up 25 House seats currently held by Republicans to regain the majority of the House in 2012. Republicans currently hold a 242-193 majority in the House.

In a statement, the chairman of the DCCC said the 25 Republicans his group has singled out are vulnerable because of their ties to special interests.

"With one year to go until the election, the House Republicans' majority is in peril as it gets freezing cold back at home and Republicans face a chilly response to defending the indefensible," DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel said. "House Republicans will be forced to defend protecting Big Oil and the ultra wealthy instead of protecting Medicare and creating jobs and defend their big ethics scandals too."

The ads, which will run in 15 different states, use specific items from the records of each House member. In many, incidents from past careers in business are highlighted.

An ad running against Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, claims the congressman's car dealership violated the law. A separate ad hitting Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisconsin says Ribble's company was fined for safety violations.

Other ads hone in on ethical questions, suggesting the members of Congress are indebted to special interest lobbies.

The ad running in the Arkansas district of Rep. Rick Crawford claims Crawford ensured tax loopholes for oil companies.

"Congressman Crawford is making sure that big oil companies keep their giant tax loopholes and the most wealthy keep their tax cuts - and hasn't done anything to create more jobs or help the middle class," the ad says.

The ad continues, "Congressman Crawford is listening to his special interest friends instead of fighting for us. That's just not right."

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • DCCC
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Switters

    This I do know:

    Alan West (FL) and Lou Barletta (PA) will be two less teabags in the House of Representatives in 2012

    November 4, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Make sure they add how many of them voted for what they ran for in 2010 . . . . . JOBS!!!
    It's about time that the Democrats grow a pair and fight back. The teapublikans have been lying through their teeth against them for years and nobody in the media or any citizen calls them out.

    November 4, 2011 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is time for the entire republican party to be sent back to under the rock they crawled out from.

    November 4, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess the Republicans in the House need to figure out if they really want to defend their consitiuents - big business. We need people in the House and Senate who will actually talk to each other and not stick by ideology when that obstructs the flow of Congress and things that need to get done.

    November 4, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  5. DA

    The DCCC needs to come out with ads that cut to the chase, tell the people " The economy along with jobs is being held up because the GOP is too focus on unseating the President" or "The majority of the Americans are in favor of higher taxes on the wealthy, but the GOP says 'Hell NO"" The DCCC needs to make it clear the GOP is not going to help the middle class or the the average American at all because they are focus on something else!!

    November 4, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  6. haroldmoss54

    By reading "Penny Health" website I learnt In actuality, there are two programs at work here: States that chose to administer the plan themselves and states that opted out and asked the federal government to step in.

    November 4, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  7. Sadie Boyd

    Good for them...they also need to elucidate the Norquist Pledge and what that is really about!

    November 4, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Why is the DCCC aiming so low? Didn't they lose more than 25 seats in 2010?

    November 4, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Gee, all they really have to do is remind everyone they signed Grover Norquist's pledge to keep from raising taxes on the top 1% and closing corporate tax loopholes, under the guise that these are "New Taxes" and not modifications to the existing tax codes that gave these breaks in the first place.

    November 4, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |