‘While it takes some politicians years to sell out, it took these Democratic members just one day to break their bond with voters back home…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) A six-figure ad campaign aims to hold newly elected House Democrats accountable for lying after only one day in office.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco progressive, isn’t popular with swing voters in moderate House districts. And many new House members promised voters they wouldn’t support her for speaker of the House because of her ruthless, left-wing brand of politics.
But that changed Thursday, the first official meeting of the 116th Congress. In total, 19 Democratic congressmen who campaigned against Pelosi wound up supporting her bid, with two others voting “present.”
“Newly elected Democrats told voters things would be different in Washington, but with their very first vote they caved to party bosses and supported Nancy Pelosi for Speaker,” said Dan Conston, president of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC endorsed by House Republican leadership.
The ads will run for the next month on digital platforms and target voters in six battleground House districts: Gil Cisneros, Calif.-39; Sharice Davids, Kansas-03; Haley Stevens, Mich.-11; Dean Phillips, Minn.-03; Andy Kim, N.J.-03; and Lizzie Fletcher, Texas-07.
Cisneros won his Orange County, Calif. election by less than 8,000 votes, and was among seven California Democrats elected amid “ballot harvesting” controversies after losing their races on Election Day.
Orange County is a traditionally conservative area south of Los Angeles. A digital CLF ad reminds District-39 voters that Cisneros openly opposed Pelosi during his campaign, saying, “I think it’s time for new voices and new leadership. I think it’s time for new people to step up and new people to start filling those leadership roles.”
Cisneros also told the San Francisco Chronicle, “While I respect Leader Pelosi’s years of advocacy on behalf of California and the Democratic Party, it’s time for new leadership.”
Minnesota freshman Democrat Dean Phillips was asked point-blank in a pre-election debate if he would “stand up to Nancy Pelosi.”
“Would you vote for her to be the leader of the Democrats if you win this election?” the moderator asked.
“No. It’s time for new leadership on both sides of the aisle,” Phillips said, despite voting for Pelosi Thursday.
The remaining ads take a similar approach to contrasting pre-election promises to pro-Pelosi speaker votes.
“While it takes some politicians years to sell out, it took these Democratic members just one day to break their bond with voters back home,” said CLF’s Conston.