NRCC and Childers Trade Shots
The NRCC took advantage of the news that Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) had improperly steered scholarships to family members and relatives by tying the Texas Democrat with several other Democrats in competitive re-elections, including Travis Childers in the First. The connection: a $2,000 from Johnson to Childers.
Here is the statement from the NRCC: “It’s no surprise that Washington Democrats have an ongoing ethics problem, but it is outrageous that Travis Childers endorses his party’s corruption by holding onto his colleagues’ dirty contributions. With the economy in dire straits, it’s inexcusable that Childers is allowing his fellow Democrats to abuse their power for financial gain. By refusing to give back his pile of tainted money, Childers is telling Mississippi voters that he’s part of the problem in Washington.”
The Childers campaign shot back (issuing comments very similar to what they said when the incumbent is compared to Nancy Pelosi, etc.) by simply saying: “Nunnelee and his supporters in Washington are once against spewing political rhetoric.”
Bryant endorses Marcy in MS-02. The Bill Marcy campaign sent out a presser yesterday touting the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in their race against Bennie Thompson.
Bryant said: “I am happy to endorse a former law enforcement officer, Bill Marcy, for congress in the 2nd Congressional District. Bill has served our country in the National Guard and is a pro business fiscal conservative. The Democrats, lead by Nancy Pelosi in Washington, have had their chance to govern, and they have failed miserably. We need a change to a true fiscal conservative in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District. That change can start by sending Bill Marcy to Congress.”
How to properly distance yourself from Pelosi. Politico has another story up today as more Democrats try to distance themselves from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. As we have noted, Pelosi and Democratic leaders have generally given vulnerable members permission to “do what they have to do.”
However, some Pelosi allies are warning there is a right way- and a wrong way- to handle the situation. “Don’t do something that can be used against another Democrat. Talking against Washington insiders is not the same as the ‘Pelosi energy tax’ or ‘Obamacare.’ You have to be smart here,” a Democratic official told Politico.
Besides the ads we have seen (and highlighted here and here), other ways that Democratic House members have sough distance includes mentioning the possibility that Pelosi “might get sick and die,” preventing her from running for the post again. That was Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL), and while I doubt he made those comments with much thought or seriousness, they certainly raised some eyebrows. Another Blue Dog- Rep. Heath Schuler (D-NC)- made an off the cuff remark that he may run for Speaker of the House. Whether or not he was serious remains to be seen.
The fact that Travis Childers has not said anything of substance- at least when prompted in public settings- on Pelosi is interesting. Maybe he feels he doesn’t need to; maybe he feels there is nothing to gain and everything to lose.