Democrats kick off congressional wars


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going on offense on the Fourth of July. Fresh off the midterms in which they recaptured the majority in the House of Representatives, the DCCC is going after 14 targeted Republicans who survived in 2006 but may nevertheless be vulnerable in 2008. Three weapons will be used – radio, robocalls and the Internet – but the barrages will not be equal.

According to, those getting a three-pronged attack will include Robin Hayes (R-NC), Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), Jon Porter (R-NV), James T. Walsh (R-NY), Don Young (R-AK), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), and Sam Graves (R-MO). Others will not be the target of radio ads, and will be subjected only to one or two of the other options. They include Thelma Drake (R-VA), Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL), Randy Kuhl Jr. (R-NY), Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), Heather A. Wilson (R-NM), Phil English (R-PA), and Mike Ferguson (R-NJ).

SmartMedia observation: CQPolitics quoted a Republican official who said he was happy to see the Democrats waste their resources this early in the campaign cycle. But if the Democrats decide to keep the heat on, the Republicans may be forced to counter with cash of their own to counter the offensive. It is yet another sign that the 2008 season will be especially long and hard-fought.