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DCCC Targets Six on Stimulus Votes

Democrats launched a paid advertising offensive today against a half-dozen House Republicans whom they consider to be vulnerable this cycle.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running radio advertisements for the next week targeting six House Republicans, according to details obtained by Roll Call. The committee blasted these GOP Members for voting against Democrats’ Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which passed earlier this year.

Radio advertisements, automated calls and e-mails will target Reps. Don Young (Alaska), Brian Bilbray (Calif.), Tom Rooney (Fla.), Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), Peter King (N.Y.) and Charlie Dent (Pa.).

“Did you know Congressman King voted against the economic recovery plan?— says an announcer in the spot running in King’s district. “He opposed an $800 tax cut and opposed creating or saving 215,000 New York jobs. Tell King to put New York first.—

In addition to the radio advertisement, which is scheduled to air during drive time, automatic phone calls will run in each of the Republicans’ districts. The automated calls refer to specific projects in the districts that could be funded by the stimulus, such as widening a road in McCotter’s district.

“He keeps voting no’ on everything,— says an announcer on the call. “Congressman McCotter even voted against the economic recovery plan, which is at work now to create or save over 109,000 Michigan jobs. He voted no’ on transportation projects that mean good jobs right here — like widening Canton Center Road. He even voted against an $800 tax credit for Michigan couples.—

A cost estimate for the phone calls and radio advertisements was not available.

The campaign comes only a handful of days after the National Republican Congressional Committee also hit the airwaves for a week, putting up ads in six districts and automated calls in 11 districts represented by Democrats. House Republicans targeted several freshman Members, plus a handful of Democrats in traditionally Republican districts. The NRCC linked the Democrats to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) controversial comments about CIA interrogation tactics.

“This is nothing more than a feeble attempt by Democrats to resuscitate the mounting disapproval for Nancy Pelosi and the reckless spending that she and her puppets have burdened on future generations,— NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay said.