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DCCC Picks Early Targets

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick who tried to be sworn-in via television while at an event instead of on the House floor.(Liz Lynch)

January 31, 2011

By including Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) on the list, Democrats are signaling they're ready to play in territory that may even be an uphill climb. Hurt bested one-term Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) in what had been a GOP-leaning district before Perriello's upset win in 2008. But Democrats point out that Hurt's slim margin of victory of less than four percent was lower than it should have been in a Republican wave election, and that with Obama at the top of the ticket, they intend to target the Southern Virginia seat again.

Only two longer-serving incumbents are on the list who both represent districts Obama won in 2008 -- Reps. Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) and Dave Reichert (R-Wa.). McCotter's suburban Detroit district is nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, he hasn't had a close election since 2008, but Democrats are willing to make him a target this year. Reichert's suburban Seattle district has been routinely challenged by Democrats who always fall short.

The NRCC responded by praising the their new members' early work on Capitol Hill.

"As soon as they got here, House Republicans worked to fulfill their campaign promise to cut spending and lower debt, so that government can get out of the way of job creators," said NRCC spokeswoman Joanna Burgos. "Clearly, Democrats don't know how to create jobs or keep a promise."

Here's the complete list of Republicans targeted by the ads: Lou Barletta (Pa.), Charlie Bass (N.H.), Ann Marie Buerkle (N.Y.), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Chip Cravaack (Minn.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Sean Duffy (Wis.), Blake Farenthold (Texas), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Nan Hayworth (N.Y.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Robert Hurt (Va.), Thad McCotter (Mich.), Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Dave Reichert (Wa.), David Rivera (Fla.), Jon Runyan (N.J.), Joe Walsh (Ill.) and Allen West (Fla.).

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