* The National Republican Congressional Committee is running a radio ad targeting freshman Democrat Bill Enyart for causing the government shutdown. I kid you not.
Here’s the NRCC ad script…
How out-of-touch is Bill Enyart with Illinois families? So out-of-touch that he voted to shut down the government in order to protect Congress’ taxpayer funded healthcare!
While Washington forces ObamaCare on Illinois families, Enyart votes to give himself a break.
Instead of living by the same rules as everyone else, members of Congress receive special subsidies to pay for their healthcare.
And what are Illinois families left with? Higher premiums, higher health care costs and less access to quality care.
Washington is broken and it’s clear Enyart is part of the problem.
Call Bill Enyart today and tell him it’s time to put Illinois families first and stop the sweetheart deals for Congress.
Paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. www-dot-NRCC-dot-org. The National Republican Congressional Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.
* Statement from the NRCC…
“Bill Enyart has proven time and time again how out-of-touch he is with Southern Illinois families. He’s put his own taxpayer-funded healthcare above the needs of his constituents, and after voting to shut down the government this week it’s clear that his priorities do not lie with hardworking Southern Illinois families.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Danielle Varallo
* Meanwhile, here’s a communique from the DCCC about an Illinois Republican…
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a paid grassroots campaign to tell Congressman Peter Roskam to end their government shutdown, a manufactured crisis that he created. The DCCC’s automated phone calls will connect the people of Illinois directly to Congressman Roskam so they can tell him to “stop the nonsense and focus on common sense solutions that protect our health care and grow our economy.”
An example of the call script running against Congressman Peter Roskam is below:
Roskam’s district is overwhelmingly Republican, so I really doubt that the national polls and these robocalls will have any impact at all.
* One person who is truly in the middle of all this is freshman Republican Rodney Davis, who faces a primary opponent from his right and a well-funded Democrat to his left. From a Davis press release…
“Like most of those I represent, I remain opposed to Obamacare, but a government shutdown is absolutely unacceptable,” said Davis. “It’s unfortunate that the President and leaders in Congress were unable to negotiate in good faith to put forth just a 6-week plan to fund the federal government. The Senate has even proven to be unwilling to remove a special rule to allow a federal subsidy on health care coverage for Members of Congress and their staff. We owe it to the hardworking taxpayers to continue working as quickly as possible to compromise and get this done. I remain ready and willing to work with my colleagues and leaders in the House and the Senate, Republicans and Democrats, until we come to an agreement to fund our government.”
* From the Democrats’ House Majority PAC…
Weeks ago, Rodney Davis proudly proclaimed he’d do “whatever it takes” to end Obamacare.
And Davis followed it up with action, voting four separate, distinct times to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act.
And now? As it’s clear voters blame Republicans for shutting down the government, shuttering the National Parks, furloughing hundreds of thousands of workers, and potentially delaying veterans’ benefits:
Davis: “I remain opposed to Obamacare, but a government shutdown is absolutely unacceptable.”
POLITICO — Vulnerable Republicans: End the shutdown
* From WUIS…
[Democratic opponent Ann Callis] immediately pounced, saying Davis helped force the shutdown to score points with what she calls his “right wing base.”
“He’s one of many of the Republicans that are doing this. I mean if you don’t like a law you don’t shut down the government. It is harming, and it’s already coming out now. Hundreds of thousands of people are being affected by this. And it’s not the right way to govern. It’s just not.”
In a statement, Congressman Davis calls the government shutdown “unacceptable,” although he has consistently voted with House Republicans who are attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
As always, try to take a deep breath and remain calm in comments. DC politics can really bring out the nutbags, so let’s not encourage them.