DCCC Picks 19 Early GOP House Targets

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has pegged its first GOP targets of the 2012 cycle, launching radio and Web ads in the districts of 19 House Republicans this week.

Democrats need to pick up 25 House seats to win back the majority in 2012.

It’s the first media salvo of the cycle for the DCCC,├é┬ápredominantly targeting GOP freshmen in Democratic-leaning districts.

The ads hit the new Republican majority in the House for having tunnel vision on spending cuts and backing “a partisan plan that costs jobs.” Among the targets is Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), who hails from a district that voted for President Obama in 2008 and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004.

“Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle supports a plan in Congress that would cut education by 40 percent,” the ad says. “And her plan would cut science and technology research by 40 percent, too. Research and development is how we get the new products that create new jobs. How does cutting that help us compete with China and India?”

The same spot is running against Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), and similar spots are up in the districts of GOP Reps. Lou Barletta (Pa.), Charlie Bass (N.H.), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Chip Cravaack (Minn.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Blake Farenthold (Texas), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Nan Hayworth (N.Y.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Robert Hurt (Va.), Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), Pat Meehan (Pa.), Dave Reichert (Wash.), David Rivera (Fla.), Jon Runyan (N.J.), Joe Walsh (Ill.) and Allen West (Fla.).

Read more from Shane D’Aprile at The Hill

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