As part of its latest round of ad buys, the Democratic Party's House campaign committee will air TV ads to support a few of its more established members Hotline OnCall's Reid Wilson reports:


The DCCC will begin advertising on behalf of Reps. Ike Skelton (D-MO), John Spratt (D-SC) and Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), according to a source briefed on the committee's plans.

None of those decisions will surprise political observers. Skelton, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, and Spratt, who chairs the Budget panel, have been Republican targets virtually from the beginning of the cycle. Kanjorski, who chairs a major Financial Services subcommittee, faced a nail-bitingly close election in 2008 and is running against the same candidate in a much more Republican-friendly environment.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, meanwhile, is airing ads to attack all three of these Democrats.

Spratt has been an NRCC target in previous election cycles as well; Skelton, who has represented Missouri's rural 4th District for 17 terms, has not generally been considered vulnerable but his vote in support of cap-and-trade and his loss of the Missouri Farm Bureau's endorsement have led Republicans to approach his reelection campaign more optimistically this year.

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