Republican Ad Targets Braley on Energy Vote
The National Republican Congressional Committee is launching a round of ads bashing Democrats who voted for last week's energy bill -- and CNN reports, surprisingly, Bruce Braley is on the list.
Braley's spot on the list is probably due more to his position as a key ally to House Energy and Commerce chair Henry Waxman than to any perceived vulnerability in the 1st CD, where he easily beat Dave Hartsuch last year and where no names have surfaced as possible 2010 opponents.
Here's a sample spot, aimed at Virginia freshman Tom Perriello:
The rest of the list: Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher, Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, Illinois Rep. Deborah Halvorson, Indiana Rep. Baron Hill, Ohio Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, Colorado Rep. Betsy Markey, Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, Ohio Rep. Zack Space, and New Mexico Rep. Harry Teague. Mostly freshmen and red-staters, and the perpetually endanngered Baron Hill. I'm actually surprised that in Iowa they went after Braley, rather than Boswell, who wavered before voting yes on the bill.