Dems Eager, GOP Defiant Over DCCC Plans to Hit Barletta, Fitzpatrick & Meehan.
News broke yesterday that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to target 19 Republicans around the country, among them three Representatives from PA (more than any other state).
Democrats say the campaign against Barletta, Fitzpatrick and Meehan will be multifaceted, including radio ads, web ads, automated phone calls, live phone calls, and emails.
As more details came to light, Dems said the campaign was all about the votes. Republicans countered that the DCCC’s move ignored public support for bipartisanship.
“Representatives Barletta, Fitzpatrick, and Meehan have wasted no time in backing a partisan plan that will cost jobs and hurt the middle class, and it’s important for them to be held accountable. We will continue to hold them accountable as they continue to support plans that cost us jobs and will make America less competitive in the global economy,” said Josh Schwerin, the DCCC’s Northeast Regional Press Secretary.
Mark Nicastre, Communications Director for the PA Democratic Party, echoed the sentiment, calling the three Representatives “out of touch.”
“Instead of focusing on creating jobs, like they promised, they are fighting for insurance companies and other special interests while supporting policies that will destroy jobs and make America less globally competitive. As long as Republican members of Congress continue to support policies that will cost us jobs and hurt our competitiveness, Democrats will hold them accountable.”
Republicans dismissed the attacks and promised that they are prepared to go toe-to-toe to protect their Congressional gains.
“We are ready to defend the congressional gains we made last year,” pledged PA GOP Communications Director Valerie Caras. “We are confident that Lou Barletta, Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan will deliver on their campaign promises to cut spending and return fiscal responsibility to Washington, D.C.”
Fitzpatrick spokesman Darren Smith criticized Democrats for their partisan tone.
“The Democrats should have paid closer attention to the President last week when he said that the election is over,” said Smith. “Mike is focused on reducing the national debt, passing real health care reform and creating jobs.”
PoliticsPA was unable to reach Reps. Barletta and Meehan for comment.