Boehner Tells Republicans to Attack

Posted October 8, 2008 at 3:15pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent a memo to all GOP Members on Wednesday urging them to keep hitting Democrats on the economy and the financial sector bailout.

Boehner cites three things that campaigning Republicans “must do to bring our message of reform to our constituents.” These include driving a pro-jobs message that hits Democrats for high taxes and energy costs, seizing “every opportunity” to hold Democrats accountable for their role in creating the economic crisis, and taking credit for accomplishments in the 110th Congress.

“It’s up to all of us to make sure our neighbors back at home are hearing our message of reform,” the memo states. “In your town halls, speeches to rotary clubs, and anywhere else you might be in the weeks ahead, make sure your constituents know how House Republicans are addressing the very same issues they’re discussing around the dinner table each night.”

On the topic of higher gas prices, Boehner emphasizes the message that “radical anti-energy groups” are counting on Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to make sure that restoring the federal ban on offshore oil drilling is a top priority next year.

On the financial sector bailout, Boehner outlines reasons for Democrats being “at the heart of the mess,” namely because they “blocked our efforts” to overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He urges Members to talk to constituents about recent comments by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and a new GOP report relating to failures of government-sponsored enterprises.

Boehner also says to remind constituents that Republicans “repeatedly stood up and yelled ‘stop!’“ as Democratic leaders proceeded with objectionable bills relating to energy, the Iraq War, earmarks and the financial rescue package. Republicans should also tout that they fought off tax hikes, wasteful spending and State Children’s Health Insurance Program benefits for “adults and illegal immigrants,“ the memo states.

GOP Members should even highlight procedural victories such as winning “dozens of motions to recommit, turning this once little-known procedural tool into a successful way to split Democrats and achieve substantive Republican policy victories for the American people,” Boehner says.