* From RollCall…
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel named 26 of his colleagues to the Frontline program, a committee program designed to protect their most vulnerable incumbents.
“We call this program Frontline for a reason – these Members are on the vanguard of protecting and expanding the middle class,” Israel said in a written statement released Tuesday morning.
“While the 2014 campaign will be dominated by a strong offense taking on the Tea Party Republican Congress, our success begins with our Members,” added Israel, a Democrat from New York. “These battle-tested men and women have proven time and again that they can win because no one better reflects the values of their districts.”
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. will spearhead the program as its chairman. He’s a Frontline alumni as recently as the 2012 cycle.
* The Illinois list…
Rep. Cheri Bustos, Illinois’ 17th District
Rep. Bill Enyart, Illinois’ 12th District
Rep. Brad Schneider, Illinois’ 10th District
* The NRCC sent out a response for all the Illinoisans. Here’s the e-mail release about Enyart…
: “Nancy Pelosi isn’t being shy about Bill Enyart’s dismal chance at re-election in 2014. Her early indication that Enyart has an uphill battle is a very telling sign that House Democrats are expecting a disappointing election cycle.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Katie Prill
The NRCC is also running online ads to try and drive this point home.
* From the DCCC…
“Bill Enyart, Cheri Bustos and Brad Schneider were elected in 2012 because they are committed to fighting for the middle class and ending the dysfunction and extremism in Washington. They are focused on getting results for the people of the Illinois and we will partner with them to make sure they are re-elected.”
Blah, blah, blah.
Sheesh, man. Do these guys ever step out of DC-speak?
Privately, the Dems say that this list only means that the incumbents will likely be targeted by the Republicans, the first reelection is always the toughest and point out that the GOP has a similar “Patriot” program.
* But if 2014 is at all like 2010, Obama’s first midterm, then the next off-year election will probably be challenging for these freshman Dems. Here are the Bill Brady vs. Pat Quinn 2010 results by district…
* 17th (Bustos) 51-39
* 12th (Enyart) 50-40
* 10th (Schneider) 45-46