The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a press release yesterday pointing out that South County U.S. representative John Campbell, by opposing the federal stimulus bill, opposed funding for local transportation projects:
Representative Campbell Votes Against Major Road Improvements in Orange County
In a remarkable move, Representative John Campbell voted against major improvements that will put Southern Californians to work and upgrade Routes 1 and 73 in Orange County.
"Twice, Representative Campbell could have voted to support major improvements to the Pacific Coast Highway and Route 73 and to put Southern Californians to work. And twice, Campbell just said 'no' to what's best for Orange County," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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Representative Poe Just Says 'No' to Major Roads Improvements on Interstate 10
Representative Heller Just Says 'No' to Major Roads Improvements Throughout Northern Nevada
Representative Reichert Votes Against Major Road Improvements in King and Pierce Counties
That's just a sampling. And the text of each of these releases looks somewhat... familiar:
"Twice, Representative Reichert could have voted to support major improvements to E Sammamish Lake Parkway, Route 162 in Orting and upgrades to the transit network in Eatonville - and put Washingtonians to work. And twice, Reichert just said 'no' to what's best for King and Pierce Counties," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Suppose you can't blame the DCCC for efficiently taking advantage of the fact that every congressional Republican voted against the stimulus package. The ability to recycle criticism is what makes this country great.
We can at least pretend that there might be a real effort afoot to make local Republicans feel not-so-secure. And Andy Stone, the man behind this press-release barage, is willing to oblige. He says that the DCCC is keeping a "close eye" on Campbell, and pointed out this recent LA Times column that outlined which California districts with republican representatives went for Obama. Campbell's is perhaps the most surprising inclusion. Anyone who wants to see Orange County go blue should hope the DCCC's next move is a little more personalized. There's a whole press release waiting to be written about Campbell's obstructionist beard.