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DCCC Calls Are Double Trouble for Bucshon

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is making phone calls criticizing Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., ahead of his contested primary in the 8th Congressional District, according to a report in the Evansville Courier and Press.

Just days before Bucshon faces off against tea party activist Kristi Risk, who narrowly lost to Bucshon in a six-way primary in 2010, Democrats are hitting the freshman for overspending on federally funded "franked" congressional mailings. The Courier and Press:

According to a script, the DCCC's callers say Bucshon is "using our tax dollars to send glossy, multicolor mailers promoting himself for his campaign. ... He sent five mailers in one month alone."

They go on to say, "Congressman Bucshon ranks 60th out of 435 members of Congress in spending our tax dollars on these campaign-style mailers. That's not right. Bucshon said he would change Washington, but he's just looking out for himself."

The likely Democratic nominee, former state Rep. Dave Crooks, has also focused on the issue recently. The DCCC just put him on its "Red to Blue" list of marquee challengers, and observers expected both parties to devote some resources to the seat this month as Democrats probe various districts to figure out their priorities for the general election.

But the line of attack against Bucshon that Democrats have chosen would also resonate with the tea party supporters that Risk wants to mobilize for the GOP primary. Risk's low-budget, grassroots campaign is unpredictable, and many local Republicans expect Bucshon to survive the primary despite poor fundraising and Risk's attacks on his vote to raise the debt ceiling and other tea party apostasies. But for the next five days, any knock against Bucshon helps Risk, a nice added bonus for the DCCC.

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