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The DSCC released the following statement from Communications Director Justin Barasky on the fallout from Speaker Boehner’s retirement announcement:
“Speaker Boehner’s resignation is a symptom of the Republican Party’s own failed leadership, as once more they have driven their party even further to the right. The dysfunctional Republican Senate will now become even less able to hide their inability to govern responsibly as their tenuous grasp on the majority continues to slip away. We wish Speaker Boehner well in his future endeavors.”
BOEHNER’S DEMISE CONSISTENT W/ GOP RIGHTWARD SHIFT. When someone as conservative as John Boehner is no longer acceptable to lead the Republicans, the party is surely headed for self-inflicted irrelevance by way of far-right extremism. And as the House Republicans devolve into total chaos, they will undoubtedly drag the already dysfunctional GOP Senate along with them, which is a major problem for vulnerable 2016 Senators like Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk and Pat Toomey who are already furiously trying to rewrite their out-of-touch records.
*Similar releases will be sent today targeting GOP Senators across the country
*Similar releases will be sent today targeting Senators Burr, Johnson, McCain, Portman and Toomey
DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky released the following statement regarding reports that Scott Walker will end his candidacy for President of the United States later this evening:
*Similar releases will be sent targeting Senators Ayotte, Blunt, Burr, Johnson, Kirk, McCain, Paul and Portman
With 10 days until a potential government shutdown, the DSCC is launching a five-figure digital ad campaign highlighting that vulnerable Republican Senators, including Senator Pat Toomey, have previously supported efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. The ads question whether Toomey and others are willing to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood – a plan being pushed by some Congressional Republicans.
Yesterday Huffington Post reported that embattled Senator Ron Johnson called his $10 million compensation package, broken down to $700,000 a year, a “pretty reasonable compensation level” during an interview on Wisconsin radio.
DEMS EXPANDING THE MAP INTO RED STATES. This week, Roll Call highlighted Democrats’ strong candidate recruitment efforts in red and purple states. While Republicans eye a fragile majority and a bleak 2016 map, Democrats are working towards recruiting strong candidates and expanding the map.
Rather than work across the aisle to ensure the government stays open past September 30, Congressman Joe Heck and other extremist House Republicans continued driving towards a government shutdown over the issue of funding for Planned Parenthood.
With his reelection campaign officially underway and already stumbling, vulnerable GOP Senator Pat Toomey is hard at work trying to rewrite his record in order to please whichever group he’s talking to on any given day. Earlier this week it was revealed that Toomey pandered to gun-rights groups in order to avoid a demonstration outside his campaign launch.
Jon Stewart was on the Hill yesterday to help generate support for efforts to make the 9/11 first responders bill permanent. With key portions of that bill set to expire at the end of the month, the bill is expected to be a major topic of discussion for the next several weeks.
Vulnerable Republican Senator Pat Toomey officially launched his campaign over the weekend, but days later he is still generating terrible headlines over his ham-handed attempt to stop a demonstration from taking place outside of his campaign launch.
According to the Allentown Morning Call:
This year has been a banner year for Senator Mark Kirk, who has managed to offend what seems like every bloc of Illinois voters in existence with his over-the-top and offensive comments. To help Senator Kirk celebrate his birthday today, we’ve put together a quick review of some of his greatest hits from this past year:
Last week, the DSCC launched a new digital ad campaign to highlight the many questions Ron Johnson still faces for his shady campaign finance scheme from 2010 after he seemingly orchestrated a scenario where his company spent $9 million on his own campaign.
As Johnson faces bad headlines nationally and back at home in Wisconsin, the renewed attention to his shady campaign finance past begs the question – will the vulnerable GOP senator bow to pressure and finally answer the many questions still looming over his 2010 campaign finance scheme?
DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky released the following statement on Pat Toomey as he officially launches his re-election campaign:
Today the DSCC is launching digital ads on Twitter & Facebook against Senator Ron Johnson to highlight Johnson’s shady campaign finance scheme from 2010. In 2010, Johnson self-funded his campaign to the tune of $9 million, and was then awarded a $10 million “deferred compensation” package from his plastics company after the election – seemingly orchestrating a scenario where his company spent $9 million on his own campaign.
See the ads below which will begin appearing on Facebook & Twitter today:
DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky made the following statement today regarding Republican Party Chair Chris Vance's decision to run for Senate in Washington state:
This week the DSCC is launching a sustained campaign to demand answers to questions surrounding Ron Johnson's shady campaign finance scheme from 2010. Since the beginning of the campaign, Johnson has tried to avoid the topic of campaign finance altogether, dodging numerous questions about his shady 2010 scheme, and refusing to accept Russ Feingold's "Badger Pledge" to keep outside spending out of Wisconsin.
REPUBLICANS HAVE A DONALD TRUMP PROBLEM. With Donald Trump leading the polls and vulnerable GOP Senators praising Trump and his candidacy, Republicans are growing increasingly nervous that Trump will hurt the GOP’s already slim chances of maintaining their fragile majority.
Vulnerable Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has a terrible record on the minimum wage – from calling it “Russian roulette for the working poor” to referring to proposals to raise it as “disturbing,” Johnson has made his position on raising the minimum wage abundantly clear.