CNN reports that a dozen House Republicans are targeted in a new House Democratic political campaign that criticizes them for opposing the $787 billion stimulus package. Under Chris Van Hollen, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting out robocalls hitting these Republicans for voting against an economy recovery package and "the largest tax cut in history."
The campaign also includes emails and text messages directly to targeted Republicans' constituents. The DCCC is touting the messages as the third phase in its "Putting Families First" campaign.
The House Republicans targeted are: Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois, Rep. Ken Calvert of California, Rep. Michael Castle of Delaware, Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Rep. Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania, Rep. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri, Rep. Dan Lungren of California, Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan, Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida, Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington, and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas.
Greg Sargent has a transcript of the call (the Pete Sessions version):
Hello, I'm calling on behalf of House Democrats with an important message about the economy.
Did you know Congressman Pete Sessions voted against President Obama's economic recovery plan, endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? Sessions's empty rhetoric can't hide that he voted to raise the AMT tax on 22 million middle class Americans and against the largest tax cut in history.
Call Sessions at XXX-XXX-XXXX to ask why he voted to raise taxes on middle class families.