NRCC launches debt-limit calls against Garamendi

Rep. Jerry McNerney usually is the only Bay Area Democrat that the National Republican Congressional Committee sees as vulnerable enough as worth making an effort to attack, but now Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, shares the distinction.

The NRCC today said it’s including Garamendi’s 10th Congressional District among about a dozen nationwide in which it’s launching constituent calls related to Tuesday’s kabukiesque House vote on raising the national debt limit. Here’s the script:

Hello, I’m calling from the National Republican Congressional Committee with an important alert about your Congressman, John Garamendi. The American economy is still in trouble. We are drowning in government debt…owed to countries like China. The national debt is now 14 trillion dollars, and Congressman John Garamendi just voted for two trillion dollars MORE debt….without any budget cuts. More American debt means fewer American jobs. Call John Garamendi at 202-225-1880. Tell him he’s borrowed too much already. This call was paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 202.479.7000.

NRCC spokesman Tyler Houlton said Garamendi is the only California congressman targeted in this round of calls. Asked which or how many CD10 voters could expect to receive the calls, Houlton replied, “I don’t have exact numbers on calls but we will reach a substantial amount of voters in his district.”

“Every economist, liberal and conservative, says it would be grossly irresponsible to let the United States default on its debts. Apparently the Republicans want to campaign on their irresponsibility – first to destroy Medicare and now to destroy the full faith and credit of America, putting our economy and the world’s economy in peril,” Garamendi responded this afternoon. “This robocall proves that the Republicans were simply playing games with the debt ceiling vote, and shame on them for putting petty partisan politics above the health and vitality of the U.S. economy.”

UPDATE @ 8:54 P.M.: I neglected to mention the NRCC specified that, in conformance with California law regarding automated phone calls, a live operator will obtain the listener’s consent to hear the recorded message, and will state the name, address and phone number of the NRCC.

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.

  • Sandra Smith

    Even Speaker has noticed the stock market falls when Congress threatens not to lift debt ceiling. Is NRC crazy? It’s their voters who own all the stock.

  • Elwood

    @ Sandra

    “It’s their voters who own all the stock.”

    Hardly. If you are a participant in a pension plan you own stock. Lots of stock.

  • Walter

    “Every economist, liberal and conservative, says it would be grossly irresponsible to let the United States default on its debt.”
    EVERY economist? All of them? Really? That would be first, but we know he’s fibbing.
    Bottom line: The NRCC is not complaining about raising the debt ceiling, it’s complaining about raising the debt ceiling WITHOUT any cuts in spending.