Monday, October 01, 2007

DCCC Hits Walberg On SCHIP

As you may recall, Congressman Tim Walberg voted against re-authorizing funding for children's health care (twice), a move that has brought the congressman considerable (and deserved) criticism.

I mean, let's be serious here. The man voted against helping children in a bill supported by the insurance industry and the AARP, and he tries to say that he voted against it because it was "socialized medicine" and a "nanny-state" and hurt senior citizens. This was a chance to help children in need, and he blew it. But it's never about doing the right thing for Tim Walberg. It's about doing whatever the Club for Growth tells him to do. So, it was a dumb move on every level.

That's why I was very pleased to see that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going to be running a series of ads in the districts of vulnerable Republicans who voted against the bill. (Thanks, lpackard.)

Here's the radio ad that's running in the 7th District:
Text of the Ad, "Simple Choice," Against Kuhl and Walberg Follows
"Nearly 700,000 children here in New York risk losing their affordable, quality health insurance, while Congressman Randy Kuhl receives his health care at taxpayers' expense.

"With the State Children's Health Insurance Program – SCHIP – set to expire, Congressman Kuhl has a choice to make.

"Continue to stand with President Bush or with American children.

"SCHIP will expand health care coverage for nearly 10 million children, and is funded by a 61 cent increase in the tobacco tax.

"Congress and 49 governors from across the country support SCHIP.

"Yet President Bush threatens to veto it SCHIP and Congressman Kuhl stands with him –instead of kids.

"Congressman Kuhl has a simple choice: give 10 million children the health care they need or turn his back on those children.

"Call Congressman Kuhl [Walberg] and tell him to stand with kids, NOT George Bush."

Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.

Obviously, with Walberg's name instead of Randy Kuhl (and, I hope, with Michigan data instead of New York). There's also a robocall running:
Robo Calls
In addition to radio ads, the automated calls will made in each of the targeted districts (with the exception of NJ-03) encouraging constituents to call their Republican Member and support children's health care. Lisa Matzenbach, a mother of a chronically ill child on SCHIP, recorded the calls. Lisa and her daughter live in Joe Knollenberg's district. The text of the call follows:

"I am Lisa Matzenbach calling on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"My daughter, Liane, has a chronic illness. Even though I work full time, I can't afford her care without SCHIP – the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

"Congress recently passed legislation to provide SCHIP health care to over 10 million uninsured American children.

"But, Congressman Joe Knollenberg and President Bush are against providing more than 118,500 Michigan children access to the health care they desperately deserve.

"Please call Joe Knollenberg at (248) 851-1366 and tell him it's time he put our children first."

Again, with Walberg's information, not Knollenberg. I'm not normally a fan of robocalls-- as Sharon Renier learned, they can be used against you as a nasty campaign tactic and they can be kind of annoying. Still, it names the organization-- the DCCC-- at the start of the ad, so that's something.

Regardless of tactics, I'm glad to see them bring up this issue. Walberg is just plain wrong on it (for a refutation of the Bush-Walberg version of the story, click here), and he's on the wrong side of popular opinion as well.

By the way, if you want to read one local SCHIP related story, be sure to check out this article from the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Labels: , , , ,

This is the first I've heard of the Sharon Renier robocall impersonation (I'm new to this blog) from the last election. Did anything ever happen with that? Is there any chance we can have an election with a shred of integrity? Sorry to get off topic...
As far as I know, nothing more ever came of that robocall incident (or others across the country). But I might have just missed it.

As for an election with integrity... well, I hate to say it, but I'm not going to hold my breath. We need serious election reform to get the money out of politics, but I'm not going to use this blog for that particular rant.

Welcome to Walberg Watch!
Did anyone see that Walberg voted "present" recently when the house was making a declaration supporting Ramadan and Muslims for their faith?

What is he so afraid of that he cannot support someone who has different religious beliefs as his own...

Not very neighborly of him..
Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home


August 2006   September 2006   October 2006   November 2006   December 2006   January 2007   February 2007   March 2007   April 2007   May 2007   June 2007   July 2007   August 2007   September 2007   October 2007   November 2007   December 2007   January 2008   February 2008   March 2008   April 2008   May 2008   June 2008   July 2008   August 2008   September 2008   October 2008   November 2008