“Vice President Mike Pence will prioritize raising money for vulnerable Republicans in the months ahead after his political action committee raised eyebrows by directing most of its 2017 contributions to safe incumbents running for re-election in friendly districts. Pence plans to participate in a joint fundraising committee dubbed ‘Protect the House’ with” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the NRCC “and nearly two dozen endangered House Republicans specifically designated for extra resources.”
“This group includes, among others” Reps. Will Hurd (TX-23), John Katko (NY-24), David Valadao (CA-21), David Young (IA-03), Scott Taylor (VA-02), and Ryan Costello (PA-06). (Washington Examiner)
ON THE WEB. The DCCC launched a 50-district Facebook ad campaign slamming Speaker Paul Ryan for his tweet on the GOP tax plan. The ad reads: “Ryan just BRAGGED about a secretary getting a $1.50 tax cut from his tax scam. By comparison, he’s handing the richest 1-percent $1,000 PER WEEK!” (release)
DROPOUTS. The Daily Kos compiled a roundup of recent House dropouts. Former Department of Defense staffer Diedra Greenaway (D) ended her campaign against Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA 25). Businessman Colin Minehart (D) dropped his bid for Rep. Tim Walz’s (D-MN 01) open seat. And former Fairfax Education Association president Kimberly Adams (D) quit the primary to face Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA 10). (Daily Kos)
THE GAMEPLAN. President Trump “on Monday offered the country a preview of the Republican 2018 campaign strategy: Hammer congressional Democrats for not supporting the GOP tax bill, and if that doesn’t work, then tie them to” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Despite the tough odds, GOP campaign strategists agree that the best option for Republicans is to run on the tax cut bill, and to hammer incumbent Democrats for voting against it.” (CNBC)
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