Campaign 2010

Feb 09, 2009

DCCC Announces 2nd Phase of the Families First Campaign

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), chaired by Congressman Chris Van Hollen, today announced the DCCC is launching the second phase of the Putting Families First campaign on the economic recovery bill by running automated calls in seven targeted Republican freshman districts.  The calls focus on the Republicans' out of step priorities by putting partisan politics before the needs of the jobs in their districts. 


In addition to the automated calls this week, the DCCC ran strategic radio ads last week in 28 Republican districts, including in the seven freshmen Republican's districts.  The DCCC also began a grassroots initiative last week which includes targeted e-mails to 3 million voters and nearly 100,000 person-to-person telephone calls.


House Republicans celebrate being the party of no while more 3.2 million Americans have lost their jobs, the stock market has plummeted wiping out nearly $7 trillion in stock market wealth and endangering thousands of investors' nest eggs, and one in 10 homeowners was delinquent on mortgage payments or in foreclosure this fall. 


"These are serious times, hard working families are worried about keeping their jobs, health care and homes - Americans want action.  While House Republicans celebrate being the party of no, another 598,000 Americans lost their jobs last month," said Brian Wolff, Executive Director of the DCCC. "Hardworking Americans can't afford to wait for Republicans to get off the sidelines and start getting serious about working with us on the economic recovery package.  We will continue to go district by district to hold Republicans who continue to vote in lockstep with party leaders and against the folks in their districts accountable."


While NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions compares the Republicans' tactics on the economic recovery bill to the tactics of the Taliban and Republican Whip Eric Cantor proudly boasts in today's Washington Post that Republicans are "just saying no" to the economic stimulus bill before Congress, a new Gallup poll conducted February 6-7 shows that the American people demand action and are "just saying no" to Republicans' obstructionism.


The Gallup Poll shows that a majority of Americans (51%) say passing a new economic stimulus plan is "critically important" for improving the nation's economy, while another 29% say it is important.   After weeks of Republicans' just saying no to the economic recovery bill which would help Americans get back to work, 58 percents of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress "handled the government's efforts to pass as economic stimulus bill," while only 31 percent approved


Automated calls will be running in the following freshman Republican Members' districts:


Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

John Fleming (R-LA)

Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Christopher Lee (R-NY)

Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)

Tom Rooney (R-FL)



The text of the automated calls follow:


Hello, I'm calling on behalf of the DCCC with an important message about the economy. 


Did you know Congressman Tom Rooney voted against economic recovery that would immediately create and save nearly 330,000 Florida jobs?


Times are tough, tell Congressman Rooney to put families before politics. 


Check out to learn more.


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