The expanded blitz includes and a new series of Web videos against the targeted Republicans and a recorded phone message from retired Gen. Wesley Clark.
In his phone message, Clark says: “Congressman [name] had the opportunity to stand up for our veterans. Instead he voted against expanding the GI bill for the first time since World War II to provide a free college education for veterans. That’s leaving our veterans behind.”
The messaging targets House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and four vulnerable Republican incumbents – Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), John “Randy” Kuhl (R-N.Y.), John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).
Earlier this month, 132 House Republicans, including Boehner (Ohio), voted “present” during the recent House vote on Iraq and Afghanistan funding to protest against domestic-spending items inserted in the legislation, which helped led to the defeat of the measure.
Said DCCC Communications Director Jennifer Crider: "This new phase of our campaign will hold Republicans accountable for their double speak and playing politics with the bill to fund our troops and veterans."
For its part, the conservative advocacy group Freedom’s Watch launched own automated phone calls against vulnerable Democrats over Memorial Day weekend, accusing Congress of putting “its vacation ahead of the needs of our soldiers.”