NRCC Ties Democrats to Pelosi in New Ads

Posted September 12, 2010 at 4:21pm

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s independent expenditure arm announced Sunday it is airing new ads in eight districts across the country. The spots target six current Members of Congress and two Democratic candidates in open-seat races.

Rep. Allen Boyd in Florida’s 2nd district, Rep. Chet Edwards in Texas’ 17th district, Rep. Bobby Bright in Alabama’s 2nd district, Rep. Travis Childers in Mississippi’s 1st district, Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia’s 5th district and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s 1st district are the Democratic Members being targeted. All except Perriello and Kirkpatrick are in the conservative Blue Dogs Coalition.

The two challengers being targeted are Roy Herron, who’s running to replace retiring Rep. John Tanner (D) in Tennessee’s 8th district, and Julie Lassa, who’s running to replace retiring Rep. David Obey (D) in Wisconsin’s 7th district.

Each ad similarly ties the Democrat to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and will run in a single media market in the district.

“Runaway spending, out-of-control national debt, one party in complete control of government, and Roy Herron would it worse because Roy Herron sides with Nancy Pelosi,” a narrator says in the Tennessee ad. It goes on to detail Herron’s willingness to vote with Pelosi against repealing health care. That ad will air in the Memphis-Jackson market.

Roll Call reported on Thursday that the IE arm of the NRCC intended to go up soon in 11 districts. That list included ads that would air against Rep. Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s 6th district and Rep. Jerry McNerney in California’s 11th district, as well as an ad that’s already airing against Rep. Joe Donnelly in Indiana’s 2nd district.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also targeted the open-seat race in Obey’s northwestern Wisconsin district with its first IE ad, accusing Republican nominee Sean Duffy of supporting a plan to privatize Social Security.