Less than a month into the 112th Congress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going on the airwaves with ads aimed at 19 House Republicans it hopes to unseat in 2012.
The ads are considered tame by campaign standards and suggest the GOP’s economic plan would harm the nation’s recovery. But two ads are specifically tailored to highlight vulnerable freshmen who already have run into trouble.
The ads are part of the DCCC’s “Drive to 25” campaign, named for the 25 seats needed to win back the House majority. The campaign slogan is a slight tweak from what Democrats revealed at a retreat earlier this month, “Drive for 25.”
The DCCC said in a release that its economic message would be delivered via radio and Web ads, calls, and e-mails.
The ads accuse the GOP Members — all but two of whom were elected in 2010 — of supporting the Republican economic plan instead of President Barack Obama’s. They claim the GOP plan is partisan and “costs jobs.”
One ad tells constituents of Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) to “oppose the partisan plan to cut education and research by 40 percent. It will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and make America less competitive.”
The DCCC also is targeting Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) for missing the Members’ swearing-in ceremony and Rep. David Rivera (R), who is facing a swirl of ethical questions tied to his previous service in the Florida Legislature.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.