Democrats mix media in effort to regain House


Democrat and RepublicanA trio of Democratic organizations – the Democrat’s House committee, an issue organization and a union – are running an advertising campaign keyed to House passage of the Paul Ryan (R-WI) budget plan. The group is using television in some districts, radio in others.

The Ryan legislation reruns at battle that the two parties waged last year, and Democrats find a great deal not only to dislike about it, but also a great deal that they believe they can campaign on, not the least of which is the future the plan has in mind for Medicare.

The current campaign, according to a report in The Hill, is coming from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, health reform PAC Americans United for Change and union AFSCME.

In addition to going after Ryan in his own district, the television portion of the ad is going to go after freshman Republicans facing difficult re-election paths in the upper Midwest states. According to The Hill, the target list includes Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chip Cravaack (R-MN) and Dan Benishek (R-MI).

The radio portion is said to be going up against Republicans who may not be as seriously threatened in an effort to soften their local voter support and perhaps make them more likely targets. Benishek managed to get on the radio list in addition to the television list. Other targets include Jeff Denham (R-CA), Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Tom Latham (R-IA), John Kline  (R-MN), Joe Heck (R-NV), Francisco Canseco (R-TX) and Reid Ribble (R-WI).