The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is paying for robocalls in Iowa’s third and fourth Congressional districts accusing Republicans Tom Latham and Steve King of "holding the middle class hostage."
IA-03 and IA-04 are among 35 House districts where the DCCC is using robocalls to pressure GOP incumbents over the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations. The committee sent out this press release and an identical version about Latham on December 10.
Congressman King Called A “Hostage Taker” in DCCC Automated Phone Calls About Fiscal Cliff
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) today launched automated phone calls in Congressman Steve King’s district demanding he stop holding the middle class hostage and force a vote to extend middle class tax cuts and avoid the fiscal cliff. Congressman King’s Republican leaders are holding middle class tax cuts hostage and threatening to send the economy over the fiscal cliff in order to get more budget-busting tax breaks for millionaires.
Congressman King can sign the discharge petition forcing this vote to extend middle class tax cuts. 178 Members of Congress have signed the discharge petition toward the 218 signatures needed to force the vote and over 400,000 people have signed at www.GOPHostageTakers.com demanding Congressman King act.
The text of the script for the automated phone call targeting Congressman Steve King (IA-04) follows:
Hi this is Julie calling on behalf of the DCCC. Did you know Congressman Steve King could make sure Congress votes to extend tax cuts for the middle class and avoids the fiscal cliff, but he refuses. If Congressman King doesn’t act, the average middle class family will be stuck with a crushing $2,200 tax hike.
Why? Because Congressman King is holding the middle class hostage to get more reckless, budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires. It’s wrong.
It’s critical you make your voice heard. Demand that Congressman King get a vote to extend tax cuts for the middle class immediately, not hold the middle class hostage to get more tax cuts for millionaires. Go to GOPHostageTakers.com to demand that Congressman King force the vote and avoid the fiscal cliff.
Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, (202) 741-1350. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Nationwide, opinion polls show that most Americans support letting the Bush tax cuts for the top income levels expire. But I doubt King or Latham feel vulnerable on this issue, since both were just re-elected by comfortable margins. Latham greatly outperformed the top of the Republican ticket, and King represents a district with a huge GOP voter registration advantage. Neither IA-03 nor IA-04 are prime targets for Democrats as they look for ways to pick up the 17 House seats to regain the majority.
The DCCC may see little downside to taking a shot at King and Latham, since robocalls are cheap. But I don’t see this strategy increasing their leverage against Republican incumbents.
Speaking of which, I share Howie Klein’s opinion of DCCC leader Steve Israel’s skill set. Why House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave this clown the chance to lead the DCCC into another election cycle is beyond me.