NRCC launches phone calls against McNerney

The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced it’s robo-calling people in Rep. Jerry McNerney’s district to highlight his “continuing government spending spree with money borrowed from foreign countries like China.”

“While families throughout California have to cut back and live within their means, Jerry McNerney continues to support Democrat policies that spend money we don’t have and borrows money from countries like China,” NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay said in a news release. “These calls highlight what McNerney seems to forget, which is that there are real consequences to continuing his policies that borrow $4 billion a day to fuel his addiction to government spending. As growing debt, interest and inflation threaten the economy, McNerney’s California constituents simply want to know when he will stop burdening them with more debt.”

The call’s script is as follows:

Hello, I’m calling from the National Republican Congressional Committee with an important alert about your Congressman Jerry McNerney. Thanks to McNerney’s addiction to spending, the federal government borrows $4 billion every day. That’s given us fourteen trillion dollars in debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren. And Jerry McNerney is making it worse. He voted for another Pelosi budget that would strangle our economy with more spending, more debt and more borrowing from China. Call Congressman McNerney at 202-225-1947 and tell him to stop spending your money. Paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 202.479.7000.

“The Washington Republicans who are bankrolling this baseless attack are the same people behind the radical budget plan to end Medicare as we know it, slash education funding for our kids’ schools, and give more handouts to large corporations that ship American jobs overseas,” McNerney spokeswoman Sarah Hersh replied today. “This charade is nothing more than a partisan attack at a time when we should be focused on ways to create jobs and pay down the debt. Congressman McNerney has a strong record of fiscal discipline and is committed to finding budget solutions that work, but without hurting children and seniors who count on after school programs and Medicare.”

It’s not as if the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee doesn’t do likewise. The DCCC on Tuesday announced automated phone calls to constituents of 42 House Republicans – none in California – holding them “accountable for choosing to end Medicare rather than end taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil making record profits or tax breaks for the ultra rich.” That call’s script:

Hi, this is Claire from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee calling about Congressman XXXXXXX’s vote to end Medicare. Everyone agrees we must cut spending and tighten our belt, but Congressman XXXXXXX has made all the wrong choices. He actually voted to end Medicare, rather than end taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil making record profits or tax breaks for the ultra rich! Seniors who pay a lifetime into Medicare deserve the benefits they’ve earned. Under the XXXXXX-Republican plan Medicare ends, benefits to seniors are less, and costs to seniors increase – in order to pay for Big Oil taxpayer giveaways and the ultra rich’s tax breaks. America is built on shared sacrifice. XXXXX is choosing to place the burden on seniors. That’s not right. Please call Congressman XXXXXX at (XXX) XXX-XXXX and tell him to keep his hands off our Medicare!

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • PatG

    I believe the Dems message is more true to reality.

  • Sean

    Gee Josh, amazingly convenient false equivalence. Is it too difficult for you to actually check the substance of the calls? Or are you angling for a job in the DC media where you get yelled at if you point out GOP BS?

    Whatever the case, this is sloppy reporting, and misleading if not outright false.

    Try much harder – this is full of fail.