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Democrats Bash Pelosi in Campaign Ads

By    |   Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 11:44 AM

Democrats caught in tight midterm races are distancing themselves from U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a former House speaker whose polarizing dominance is seem by some as part of the problem for Congress's gridlock, The Hill reported.

Some candidates are even calling her out by name in ads, including Pelosi's Democratic House colleague, John Barrow, in a race for Georgia's 12th District, The Hill said.

"I voted 54 percent of the time with Speaker [John] Boehner [R-Ohio] … and I voted against Nancy Pelosi for speaker," Barrow tells constituents in an ad spot that pushes back on the partisan influence of the House minority leader.

He is not alone. In Colorado, yet another congressional candidate, Democrat Irv Halter, who is running against four-term incumbent Doug Lamborn, has invoked Pelosi's name in a television spot that says even he hopes to distance himself from Washington's do-nothing, partisan malaise, The Hill said.

"Career politicians like Doug Lamborn and Nancy Pelosi have failed," Halter says in a new ad spot. "There's only one way to change Washington; vote them out."

The anti-Pelosi sentiment is noted by the National Journal, where political bashing of the once-powerful congressional Democrat is in vogue this season.

The Journal reported that Pelosi declined to respond to its story about her negative association in campaign ads this season. But her office did mention that she remained one of Congress's most popular members, according to a recent story from The Washington Post.

Wrote The Post's columnist Aaron Blake in "The Fix": "Want to guess who is the most popular congressional leader today? It's Nancy Pelosi.

"Gallup showed her in April with a 33 percent favorable rating and 49 percent unfavorable rating, while GOP-leaning automated pollster Rasmussen Reports in August showed her favorable rating seven points higher than any of the three men [Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner] mentioned above."


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