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Internal Email Names 17 House GOP Targets for Recess

Israel is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark CQ/Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to target 17 House Republicans with a grass-roots push over the August recess, according to an internal party email obtained by CQ Roll Call.

On Monday, a DCCC aide sent a message to an email list sponsored by Americans United for Change, a liberal organization, describing the committee’s plans for the month-long break and including the warning, “please do not share this list with press.”

“In the majority of these districts we have field staffers on the ground, coordinated through the respective state parties, to define and hold accountable vulnerable Republican incumbents, through earned media tactics, messaging amplification, and community outreach,” wrote Ryan Daniels, the deputy national press secretary and African-American media adviser.

The DCCC’s list includes some of this cycle’s most-often mentioned vulnerable Republicans, but there are some lesser-known targets as well:

  • #AR01: Rep. Rick Crawford
  • #AR02: Rep. Tim Griffin
  • #CA10: Rep. Jeff Denham
  • #CA21: Rep. David Valadao
  • #CO06: Rep. Mike Coffman
  • #IA03: Rep. Tom Latham
  • #IL13: Rep. Rodney Davis
  • #MN02: Rep. John Kline
  • #MN03: Rep. Erik Paulsen
  • #MI07: Rep. Tim Walberg
  • #MI11: Rep. Kerry Bentivolio
  • #NE02: Rep. Lee Terry
  • #NJ02: Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo
  • #NJ03: Rep. Jon Runyan
  • #NY11: Rep. Michael G. Grimm
  • #NY23: Rep. Tom Reed
  • #PA08: Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick
“I know that we’ve shared information regarding events these members are holding and we’ll continue to share information in the future, as we get it,” Daniels continued in his email. “Additionally, if you have resources on the ground in any of these target districts, I’d love to put them in touch with our staffers on the ground as well, so we can coordinate efforts.”

Democrats face a tough task this cycle in their quest for the majority. They must pick up 17 seats to take the speaker’s gavel, but the number of competitive races this cycle is much smaller than in previous years. Still, the committee plans to target dozens of Republicans throughout the fall and this cycle.

“The more voters learn about how this obstructionist Republican Congress is decimating the middle class, jobs and the economy, the more they want a change,”said DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner when asked for comment about the list. “We’re putting Republicans on defense, deep into their own territory, using every tool in the tool box to make sure voters know the real record of this broken Republican Congress.”

Shira Toeplitz contributed to this report.