Stimulus Politics: Dems Hit Six GOPers, Touting Jobs, Tax Cuts

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched efforts against six House Republicans, hitting them for voting against the stimulus (as did all House Republicans, except for two who didn't vote)--including radio ads, robocalls, and emails to residents of their districts. The six Republicans are: Brian Bilbray (CA), Charlie Dent (PA), Peter King (NY), Thaddeus McCotter (MI), Tom Rooney (FL), and Don Young (AK).

Democrats found the stimulus to be an effective campaign tool in New York's 20th district special election--the only contest that's been held since the 2008 elections--in which Democrat Scott Murphy defeated Republican Jim Tedisco. In that race, Tedisco blasted Murphy for backing the stimulus (and its bonuses provision); Murphy responded by embracing the stimulus and talking about jobs--and it worked.

This time, tax cuts--usually a tried and true message for the GOP--are part of the Democrats' stimulus message. Here's the transcript of the radio ad airing in King's district: "Did you know Congressman King voted against the Economic Recovery Plan?  He opposed an $800 tax cut and opposed creating or saving 215,000 New York jobs.   Tell King to put New York first."

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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