On Monday Blue America and BlogPac dropped recorded calls into the districts of five Democrats who are voting with George Bush to sustain his veto over SCHIP and deny healthcare to kids: Jim Marshall (D-GA), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Bob Etheridge (D-NC), Baron Hill (D-IN), Gene Taylor (D-MS)
It looks like Baron Hill just switched his vote, and we are hearing from constituents that McIntyre is now “undecided” after hearing from constituents.
What’s happening? Hard to say, but there’s this today in today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Marshall criticized after ‘nay’ vote on child health
Washington — Democratic-leaning groups are making hundreds of phone calls in the Macon area district of Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall, deriding Marshall for voting against the funding of a children’s health program and potentially causing problems for Marshall, one of the most vulnerable congressional incumbents in the country in the 2008 elections.
The groups — Blue America and BlogPAC — are targeting Marshall and four other House Democrats who voted against the bill that would have added $35 billion over five years to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known nationally as SCHIP and in Georgia as PeachCare for Kids.
The campaign against Marshall and other Democrats mirrors an effort by another coalition of progressive groups that have targeted 17 House Republicans who voted against the SCHIP funding. Democrats sent the bill to President Bush knowing he would veto because it gave Democrats an issue against Republicans in the 2008 election.
Marshall’s spokesman, Doug Moore, said Marshall is unlikely to change his position and he played down the chances that the phone campaign would hurt Marshall among his Democratic constituents.
“It’s impossible to predict an impact,” Moore said. “Some people were upset and some people were happy” with Marshall’s vote, he said. “But you’re only hearing from the upset ones. A lot of constituents agree with the way Jim voted.”
We’re going to keep up the pressure by following up with newspaper ads in the districts of these representatives. Your contributions have made these efforts possible. Many thanks to everyone who gave.
We still need your help. If you would like to help us keep the pressure up you can give to the Blue America PAC here.
One down. Four to go.