The campaign arm of Republicans in the U.S. House is using this week’s legislative recess to criticize some Democrats who backed a climate change bill the House narrowly passed last week.
The National Republican Congressional Committee’s advertising campaign consists mainly of low-cost radio advertisements and telephone calls against 14 Democrats, most of them from conservative-leaning districts, who helped provide the winning 219-212 margin in the June 26 vote. Eight Republicans also backed the climate change bill, which most Republicans described as a massive “national energy tax” on consumers.
A top target of the NRCC campaign is first-term Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello , who broke with most politically vulnerable Democratic freshmen in backing the bill. The NRCC is airing a television ad in Perriello’s south-central Virginia district that urges viewers to “tell him he was wrong to vote for the [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi energy tax.”