Showing posts with label Democrat Congressional Campaign Commiteee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Democrat Congressional Campaign Commiteee. Show all posts

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pete Festersen Gets a 'Boost' from the Democrat National Congressional Committee

Not unexpectedly, the Democrat's Nebraska sacrificial lamb, Petie Festersen, has been added to their 'Jumpstart' program.   Yes, this means they think he has a chance against Lee Terry, and frankly it is because of the government shutdown and Terry's inopportune comment.   Of course, Petie's recruitment is also based on a bogus poll that we've discussed prior to this.   So, yes, Petie's on the Democrats most competitive list for those reasons, but don't forget that Terry is on the Republicans list of seats most needed to win---as it has in the past, which incidentally has and will continue to prevail.

DCCC touts new House recruits amid post-shutdown optimism

By Alexandra Jaffe

"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has unexpectedly added three new House candidates to its Jumpstart Program — a designation used for top-tier recruits — amid fresh optimism about the party’s 2014 prospects following this month’s government shutdown.
The designation offers the DCCC’s top recruits financial, communications, operational and strategic support from the committee to boost their prospects early on in the election cycle.

Democratic campaign officials say they’ve seen an increase in interest among potential House recruits amid voter backlash sparked by Republicans’ handling of the shutdown.

The new candidates added to the DCCC support list, according to a release shared first with The Hill, include:
• Amanda Renteria, the former chief of staff to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who is challenging Rep. David Valadao in California’s 21st District.
• Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen, who is running against Rep. Lee Terry in Nebraska’s 2nd District.
• Investor Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who’s challenging Rep. Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th District.
There are now 19 Democratic Jumpstart candidates, nearly equal to the 20 Republican incumbents named to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s vulnerable incumbent program.
Other recruits added to the Jumpstart Program include Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who’s challenging perennial Democratic target Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.); and Kevin Strouse, the former Army Ranger running against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).
According to the release, the DCCC hadn’t planned to announce new Jumpstart candidates, “but in the aftermath of the Republicans’ shutdown, the Committee saw a surge in its already strong candidate recruiting.”
“House Republicans’ reckless government shutdown has inspired Democratic candidates to step forward because they want to change the direction of this Republican Congress and put the middle class first,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the DCCC’s chairman, said in the release.
“While strong new candidates are stepping forward, independent voters are fleeing the Republican Congress — and giving Democrats the chance to go deeper into the map to put more districts in play.”
Israel had previously touted the benefit the shutdown has had on Democratic recruiting, in Terry’s district in particular.
Though Nebraska’s 2nd District voted for Republican Mitt Romney in last year’s presidential election, the race has become newly competitive with Festersen’s entry, which the Democrat said was inspired by the shutdown.
“Like most people, my frustration has grown by the day over the last month, with the government shutdown and the brinkmanship on the debt ceiling,” Festersen told the Omaha World-Herald.
“Change is needed. And I felt it was my responsibility to be that change.”
Renteria and Eldridge are both running in districts that went for President Obama in 2012. The DCCC has unsuccessfully targeted the districts in previous cycles.
Democrats need to net 17 seats to flip the lower chamber.

Israel admits it’s hard to predict whether the backlash against the GOP would be sustained through the next year.
But several post-shutdown polls have shown Republicans taking the brunt of the blame for the situation nationwide, and district-specific polls indicate some vulnerable Republicans might be hurt by Democrats attacks characterizing them as responsible for shutting the government down.
“The Republican government shutdown gave these candidates, and the American people, an insight into Republicans’ philosophy — and it’s clear that the American people and challengers are rejecting what this reckless Republican Congress inflicted on the country,” Israel said."

Friday, October 18, 2013

Was Festersen's Flip Flop Based on a Bad Democrat Poll?

So the Democrats have a poll that shows that their sacrificial lamb Petie Festersen will beat Lee Terry?   Well, the first question is how accurate is it when it was done by the Democrat Congressional Committee?   The second issue is that it was done on October 5th just after Terry made his inopportune statement and even then the Dems had to resort to a 'push' question to raise Festersen's lead of an insignificant 2 points to 10 points--kind of like saying, "Well if you knew that he was beating his wife, would you still vote for him?"  Thirdly, polls at this point and time mean nothing....

Well, a poll means nothing unless you (the Democrat Congressional Committee) use it to entice, trick a sacrificial lamb to flip flop from his prior decision not to run.   The real question here is who is the fool?   Time will prove it is Festersen.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dougals County Republican Party Wants Terry, Johanns and Fortenberry to Join Smith and Fischer

It's a Lee Terry day given our posts.   We provided our look at Lee Terry earlier and followed it up with the news that the Democratic National Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting him among 16 others and encouraging Democrats to make his life miserable over the recess.

Well, the Douglas County Republican Party disagrees with our earlier assessment and wants its members to get out and change Terry's mind on potentially shutting down the government over Obamacare funding.   Let's make it clear.   We applaud Senator Fischer and Congressman Smith for joining in the effort to say they won't vote for a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare.   They can both afford to do this from a political standpoint and they believe in what they are doing.

Sometimes, however, one has to be pragmatical.   The effort to defund Obamacare (which we hate) is destined to fail.   If it doesn't fail, there will be a Democrat House next year as well as a Democrat senate.   Not passing a CR (continuing resolution) would only give the president a reason to scare the sh_t out of seniors, the military, et cetera, giving them a reason to turn out and vote Democrat in 2014.   The Republican Party can suggest the blame for a shutdown will fall on Obama but history shows us how that works.

For Lee Terry or Jeff Fortenberry to pledge to vote against a CR funding Obamacare would be supporting an idea that not only would fail, but also tantamount to telling their constituencies to vote for their Democrat opponent in 2014.   So in their situations they can die on their swords in support of something that won't happen, or if it does will be disastrous and very probably result in two more Democrats in the House--from Nebraska. 

Here is the memo from the Douglas County Republican Party:

August 8, 2013
"Pressure is now building to stop the implementation of Obamacare before enrollment begins on October 1st. People are calling their senators and showing up at town hall meetings across the nation. They are asking their representatives not to spend money on something that is going to be a failure. Even Democrat Senator Max Baukus, chief author of Obamacare calls it "a train wreck."
Despite what some of our representatives are telling us, the harmful and unpopular law/tax can be stopped. Automatic funding is NOT included in the bill and defunding Obamacare will NOT shut down the government.
Here's how the plan works: The Republican-controlled House passes legislation to fund the entire government EXCEPT for Obamacare. Then, Senate Republicans MUST hold the line with 41 votes and defeat any bill that funds Obamacare. If Republicans do this, President Obama will falsely accuse them of threatening a government shutdown. But truthfully, only he controls whether to shut down the government just to implement his failed law.
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) are leading the charge in their respective chambers to stop any funding bill from containing money for the implementation of ObamaCare. I am pleased to announce that Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer and Congressman Adrian Smith are on record joining the pledge to defund Obamacare. Unfortunately, Senator Mike Johanns and Congressmen Lee Terry and Jeff Fortenberry have signalled they intend to support funding bills that include funding for Obamacare.
In reality, Obamacare can't survive unless some Republicans support it. That is why I encourage you to attend one of the upcoming Town Hall Meetings and urge Senator Johanns and your Congressman to join the efforts to defund Obamacare.
Congressman Lee Terry: Omaha: (402) 397-9944 
Thursday, August 8
Common Ground Community Center 1701 Veterans Drive, Elkhorn at 7:00PM
Saturday, August 10th
American Legion 11690 S. 216th St, Gretna at Noon
Thursday, August 22nd
(Papillion Town Hall) Sump Library 222 North Jefferson Street, Papillion at 12:00pm
Thursday, August 29th
Lake Point Center 2401 Lake Street, North Omaha at 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 4th
in South Omaha (Location TBD) at 7:00pm

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry: Lincoln: (402) 438-1598 
Senator Mike Johanns: Omaha: (402) 758-8981
Thursday, August 15th
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT La Vista City Hall, Council Chambers 8116 Park View Blvd. La Vista, NE  

...and be sure to call and thank Senator Fischer and Congressman Smith for their leadership on this issue!
Senator Deb Fischer: Omaha: (402) 441-4600
Congressman Adrian Smith: Grand Island: (308) 384-3900
Thank you for your continued support, 
Bryan Baumgart
Chairman, Douglas County Republican Party
(402) 920-0853 "

Breaking News: Terry Targeted (again) by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Yes, in a 'secret memo' issued this morning by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, it says it's going after Nebraska's 2nd District Congressman Republican Lee Terry along with 16 other Republican incumbents.   This is no surprise.   They've done it in the past.  

For the most part the DNCCC's efforts in the past have been pretty inane.   Perhaps, doing this, at least as regards Terry, is an effort to convince some dupe like Pete Festersen to offer himself up as the Nebraska Democrat Party's next sacrificial lamb.  Will it move him?  Not if he is smart.  

From Roll Call At the Races:

Internal Email Names 17 House GOP Targets for Recess

"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to target 17 House Republicans with a grass-roots push over the August recess, according to an internal party email obtained by CQ Roll Call.

On Monday, a DCCC aide sent a message to an email list sponsored by Americans United for Change, a liberal organization, describing the committee’s plans for the month-long break and including the warning, “please do not share this list with press.”

“In the majority of these districts we have field staffers on the ground, coordinated through the respective state parties, to define and hold accountable vulnerable Republican incumbents, through earned media tactics, messaging amplification, and community outreach,” wrote Ryan Daniels, the deputy national press secretary and African-American media adviser.

The DCCC’s list includes some of this cycle’s most-often mentioned vulnerable Republicans, but there are some lesser-known targets as well:
  • #AR01: Rep. Rick Crawford
  • #AR02: Rep. Tim Griffin
  • #CA10: Rep. Jeff Denham
  • #CA21: Rep. David Valadao
  • #CO06: Rep. Mike Coffman
  • #IA03: Rep. Tom Latham
  • #IL13: Rep. Rodney Davis
  • #MN02: Rep. John Kline
  • #MN03: Rep. Erik Paulsen
  • #MI07: Rep. Tim Walberg
  • #MI11: Rep. Kerry Bentivolio
  • #NE02: Rep. Lee Terry
  • #NJ02: Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo
  • #NJ03: Rep. Jon Runyan
  • #NY11: Rep. Michael G. Grimm
  • #NY23: Rep. Tom Reed
  • #PA08: Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick
“I know that we’ve shared information regarding events these members are holding and we’ll continue to share information in the future, as we get it,” Daniels continued in his email. “Additionally, if you have resources on the ground in any of these target districts, I’d love to put them in touch with our staffers on the ground as well, so we can coordinate efforts.”

Democrats face a tough task this cycle in their quest for the majority. They must pick up 17 seats to take the speaker’s gavel, but the number of competitive races this cycle is much smaller than in previous years. Still, the committee plans to target dozens of Republicans throughout the fall and this cycle.

“The more voters learn about how this obstructionist Republican Congress is decimating the middle class, jobs and the economy, the more they want a change,”said DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner when asked for comment about the list. “We’re putting Republicans on defense, deep into their own territory, using every tool in the tool box to make sure voters know the real record of this broken Republican Congress.”"

Shira Toeplitz contributed to this report.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Terry in Crosshairs

The election is barely over and Congressman Lee Terry is already in the crosshairs of the Democrat Party.   So is Steve King, incidentally.

Seems the kind folks at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is starting a robocall campaign against these two and 33 fellow Republicans whom it thinks are vulnerable targets now and in 2014.    

From The Hill Campaign Blog:

DCCC escalates tax offense with robocalls targeting 35 GOP lawmakers

"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is continuing its offense on tax cuts for the middle class with robocalls in the districts of 35 House Republicans it believes are vulnerable on the issue.

The robocalls charge that the lawmaker at issue "could make sure Congress votes to extend tax cuts for the middle class and avoids the fiscal cliff, but he refuses."

It's a reference to the discharge petition introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last week to extend the Bush-era tax levels for the middle class but allow rates to rise for the wealthy. The petition will need 218 signatures to get to the House floor for a vote, and Democrats will be unable to achieve that majority without help from a few dozen Republicans.

The call goes on to charge that the targeted lawmaker is "holding the middle class hostage to get more reckless, budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires."

It directs the listener to go to, a site launched by the DCCC last week that includes a petition for visitors to sign to "to tell Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to allow a vote on middle class tax cuts," and lists 40 House Republicans that it says are taking the middle class "hostage."

When launched last Wednesday, the site set a goal of 250,000 signatures on the petition; the DCCC says it has already received more than 400,000 signatures, and the site now lists a goal of 500,000.

The robocalls, which are only going to the districts of 35 of the 40 "hostage-takers," are a slight escalation of an effort launched last week by the DCCC to hammer Republicans on the tax issue, at a time when negotiations surrounding the fiscal cliff are heating up on Capitol Hill.

The committee also sent press releases to reporters in the districts of the 40 targeted Republicans highlighting the discharge petition. The effort is an indication Democrats believe the issue of tax cuts for the middle class will be a potent one going into the upcoming election cycle.

The targeted lawmakers are as follows:

CA-10 Jeff Denham

CA-25 Buck McKeon

CA-31 Gary Miller

CO-06 Mike Coffman

FL-02 Steve Southerland

FL-10 Dan Webster

FL-13 Bill Young

FL-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

IA-03 Tom Latham

IA-04 Steve King

KS-02 Lynn Jenkins

KS-03 Kevin Yoder

LA-04 John Fleming

MI-01 Dan Benishek

NE-02 Lee Terry

NJ-02 Frank LoBiondo

NJ-03 Jon Runyan

NJ-05 Scott Garrett

NV-03 Joe Heck

NY-19 Chris Gibson

NY-22 Richard Hanna

NY-23 Tom Reed

OH-06 Bill Johnson

OH-07 Bob Gibbs

OH-16 Jim Renacci

OK-04 Tom Cole

OR-02 Greg Walden

PA-07 Pat Meehan

PA-08 Mike Fitzpatrick

SD-AL Kristi Noem

VA-02 Scott Rigell

VA-10 Frank Wolf

WA-03 Jaime Herrera Beutler

WI-07 Sean Duffy

WV-01 David McKinley"