The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching radio ads in 25 GOP-held districts on Monday, November 7, hoping to capitalize on what they say is buyer's remorse one year out from the 2012 House elections.
The ads are part of the DCCC's "Drive to 25" campaign in the Democrats' campaign to win back control of the House, and will also include phone banks, web advertising, and live and automated calls.
While several of the radio ads target Republicans over tax loopholes for oil companies and votes for Social Security and Medicare, others are geared toward some facing investigations and scandals. The ad against Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., brings up federal investigations into his former car dealership, and the radio spot against freshman Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., talks about the looming criminal investigation into his personal and campaign spending. An ad against freshman Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., says his "company was fined three times for being unsafe."
"With one year to go until the election, the House Republicans' Majority is in peril as it gets freezing cold back at home and Republicans face a chilly response to defending the indefensible," said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. "House Republicans will be forced to defend protecting Big Oil and the ultra wealthy instead of protecting Medicare and creating jobs and defend their big ethics scandals too."
In addition to Buchanan, Rivera and Ribble, the ads also target Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Ill, Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Rep. Roscoe Bartlett R-Md., Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Rep. Quico Canseco, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va.