The National Republican Congressional Committee on Thursday is launching its first TV ad targeting a Democratic Member on health care reform. The ad targeting Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) is the first in what committee officials said will be a series of TV and radio spots hitting vulnerable Democrats over the August recess. Other Democrats whom the NRCC is zeroing in on include Reps. Zack Space (Ohio), Michael Arcuri (N.Y.), Harry Teague (N.M.), Ike Skelton (Mo.), Christopher Carney (Pa.) and Bill Foster (Ill.).The spot hitting Kagen seeks to tie the sophomore Congressmans voting record to Speaker Nancy Pelosis (D-Calif.) agenda and also features video footage of the lawmaker. I am writing the health care bill, what would you like in it? Kagen says as he appears walking across the Capitol grounds with his suit jacket flung across his shoulder. Call Steve Kagen and tell him to write a health care bill for us, not Nancy Pelosi, an announcer says at the end of the ad. The 30-second spot will run for one week on cable and broadcast stations in the Green Bay, Wis., market. The ad will air once during the Green Bay Packers preseason football game Saturday. The committee declined to disclose the size of the ad buy.As some Democrats have grown dismissive of the concerned constituents showing up at their town halls, these ads are an added reminder of the consequences they will face should they support their partys government health care takeover, said NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay. Since Steve Kagen is the self-proclaimed author of this increasingly unpopular proposal, it is only logical that he be the first recipient.Kagen has been a top target for the NRCC since he won a competitive open-seat race in 2006. So far, contractor Reid Ribble, Brown County Supervisor Andy Williams and Door County Commissioner Mark Savard are the Republicans who have entered the race against him. President Barack Obama won the 8th district with 53 percent in 2008, compared to 45 percent for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Wednesday unveiled the third phase of its monthlong advertising and grass-roots effort targeting more than two dozen Republicans on the health care reform issue. This phase consists of sending Health Care Fact Check Cards to millions of the partys grass-roots supporters across the country.Considering the lengths that Republicans are going to try and poison the debate on health insurance reform with lies and scare tactics, we are launching our Health Care Fact Check Cards, debunking the myths and empowering our supporters to fight back with the truth, DCCC Executive Director Jon Vogel said in a statement. Our Health Care Fact Check Cards are just the latest way we are holding Republicans and their fringe groups accountable for trying to silence debate and protect a broken health insurance status quo. The DCCC has already run radio ads targeting Republicans in eight districts and launched automated phone calls against GOP Members in an additional 11 districts.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.