NRCC Targets Potentially Vulnerable Democrats on CIA Issue

Posted May 28, 2009 at 10:36am

The National Republican Congressional Committee is hoping to soften up seven House Democrats, including five freshmen, with a round of weeklong radio ads and a television commercial that criticize the Members for protecting Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during her dust-up with the CIA earlier this month.Maryland freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil was the unlucky Democrat to draw the television commercial, while radio ads are going up Friday in the districts of fellow freshman Reps. Suzanne Kosmas (Fla.), Glenn Nye (Va.), Tom Perriello (Va.) and Harry Teague (N.M.), as well as more veteran Democratic Reps. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.) and Vic Snyder (Ark.).Like the radio ads, the TV ad targeting Kratovil is titled “Explanation Impossible— and criticizes Pelosi for accusing the CIA of misleading Congress. “But lying to Congress would be a crime,— the ad states. “So, why won’t Pelosi investigate the crime?’ Frank Kratovil sided with Pelosi to block an investigation.—The 30-second ad, which cost $23,000 to air over the coming week, goes on to point out that Kratovil has voted with Pelosi 89 percent of the time this year.In addition, 10 other Democrats are being targeted by the NRCC for robocalls on the same issue. They are Reps. John Hall (N.Y.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Harry Mitchell (Ariz.), Steny Hoyer (Md.), Walt Minnick (Idaho), Bobby Bright (Ala.), Mark Schauer (Mich.), Steve Kagen (Wis.), Larry Kissell (N.C.) and John Boccieri (Ohio).