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DCCC ad buy



The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect D's to the U.S. House, on Monday started airing radio adds in the Orlando market criticizing Rep. Tom Feeney for voting against the State Children's Health Insurance Program last week.

Democrats think  President Bush's threatened veto of the popular health insurance program will be good for them come 2008. Feeney is one of eight Republican House members being targeted in the week-long ad buy, which will be paired with robo calls. The DCCC plans to air the ad on 22 AM and FM stations in Feeney's central Florida district.

Feeney doesn't yet have an opponent for next year's reelection, but a DCCC spokeswoman said her group hopes to recruit one.

Feeney was by no means alone in opposing SCHIP - most of the state's Republican members did, because of the cost and other reasons. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Tampa, voted nay, too, because the the final version relied heavily on a whopper cigar tax and wouldn't have done enough to lift barriers to enrolling kids in the program.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:17am]


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