THE DCCC GETS HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN RIGHT-- WELL... 99% RIGHT
Jim Marshall: Campaigns as a Democrat; votes as a Republican
Last week the DCCC kicked off their "Putting Children First" campaign to remind voters which Republicans conspired with the Bush Regime to sabotage the S-CHIP legislation. The DCCC, as well as citizen activist groups and labor unions, is spending millions of dollars on radio ads, robo calls, and a targeted e-mail campaign. Blue America applauds their efforts.
Here's the text of the DCCC robo call that's going to voters in districts represented by shameless Republicans like Steve Chabot (OH), Thelma Drake (VA), Tom Feeney (FL), Sam Graves (MO), Randy Kuhl (NY), Tim Walberg (MI), Jim Saxton (NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (MI). In fact this very one is being listened to right now by voters-- and, remember, 72% of American voters are pissed off over Bush's veto and over so many congressmembers backing him up on that veto-- in Royal Oak, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Framington Hills, Pontiac, West Bloomfield, and Waterford Township, affluent Detroit suburbs filled with moderate voters who think the S-CHIP legislation is fair and all-American.
"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."
But we at Blue America don't think our pals at the DCCC have gone quite far enough. Sure, we're a big tent party but, let's not forget-- there are some issues that are fundamental to being a Democrat-- and guaranteeing health care for sick children is one of them. That's a reason why we're Democrats and not Republicans. So we want to lend the D-Trip a hand. There are only 5 reactionary renegade Democrats who are supporting Bush instead of their constituents on this . We don't think there should be any Democrats in that camp. So we've taken a cue from the DCCC and we're running a campaign of phone calls into the districts of the 5 bad Dems:
Jim Marshall (D-GA)
Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
Bob Etheridge (D-NC)
Baron Hill (D-IN)
Gene Taylor (D-MS)
Can you help us? It just costs pennies per call but we'd like to flood the districts with the calls so that voters know that their congressman may be a Democrat in some ways, but not when it comes to health care for needy children. Take a listen to the call for Jim Marshall, a Democrat who also supports Bush on the Iraq occupation, women's choice (i.e.- none), domestic spying and almost every other issue important to Democrats. His voting record is abysmal.
The calls are being financed by several blogs including the Blue America PAC and any contribution you feel like kicking in-- from $5 to $5,000 (that's the maximum)-- would be greatly appreciated. Use ActBlue to donate right here.
If you live in the districts of any of the renegade, anti-family congressmen, please contact them yourself. Here's the information for each of the 5 hold-outs who still insist they're voting against children's health and with Bush, Selfishness and Greed:
Jim Marshall (D-GA)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-6531; Macon, GA Office 1-877-464-0255; Tifton, GA Office (229)556-7418.
Baron Hill (D-IN)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-5315; Jeffersonville, IN Office (812)288-3999; Bloomington, IN Office (812)336-3000.
Gene Taylor (D-MS)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-5772; Bay St. Louis, MS Office (228)469-9235; Gulfport, MS Office (228)864-7670; Ocean Springs, MS Office (228)872-7950; Hattiesburg, MS Office (601)582-3246; Laurel, MS Office (601)425-3905.
Bob Etheridge (D-NC)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-4531; Raleigh, NC Office (919)829-9122 or 1-888-262-6202; Lillington, NC Office (910)814-0335 or 1-866-384-3743.
Mike McIntyre (D-NC)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-2731; Lumberton, NC Office (910)735-0610; Fayetteville, NC Office (910)323-0260; Wilmington, NC Office (910)815-4959; Bolivia, NC Office (910)253-0158.
UPDATE: OTHER BLOGGERS ARE TAKING ACTION TODAY TOO
Jane Hampshire at Firedoglake
Digby at Hullabaloo
Chris Bowers at Open Left
John Amato at Crooks & Liars
Christy Hardin Smith at Firedoglake