Rep. Joe Donnelly, a sophomore Democrat from Indiana, has released a new ad touting his commitment to securing the borders and opposing amnesty, since "no one should ever be rewarded for breaking the law." Democrats just passed a bill upping border security, but Donnelly's hard-line stance on amnesty smacks much more of a Republican Party message than a Democratic one.
The ad hammers in this party desertion theme when it pans over a photo of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and John Boehner, with Donnelly declaring, "That may not be what the Washington crowd wants, but I don't work for them!"
The appeal of the Pelosi pile-up has officially seeped across the aisle and into the Speaker's own ranks. It's a risky gamble for Donnelly, though -- railing against the unpopular Speaker may up his chances of re-election in a swing district, but what if he prevails, only to find himself still in the majority? Pelosi is not known for forgiving and forgetting.
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