Obama-linked group planning to attack House Republicans

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In hopes of generating grassroots energy against vulnerable Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives, a progressive organization is launching a new campaign to pressure GOP legislators in districts where President Trump performed worst.

Organizing for Action (OFA) is spearheading the effort as optimism grows among Democrats that they can win the House majority in the 2018 midterm elections.

OFA’s campaign will take aim at 34 House Republicans who represent districts where Trump earned less than 50 percent of the vote in 2016. The effort will focus on grassroots organizing and digital advertising to brand the congressmen as “rubber stamps” for Trump.

The website for the campaign is Rubberstampreps.com.

OFA, a non-profit organization that does not directly lobby voters to vote for or against certain candidates, is banking on Trump’s unpopularity being a major detriment to vulnerable lawmakers through 2018.

“Look, there’s a reason it’s called the House of Representatives – you’re actually supposed to go to Washington and represent the people you serve,” said Jesse Lehrich, spokesman for OFA. “If the majority of your constituents voted against this administration’s platform, and yet you’re consistently rubber stamping extreme White House-backed policies that harm families in your district, you’re not doing your job. And you need to be held accountable.”

The group intends to target representatives such as Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Darrell Issa of California, and Pete Sessions of Texas.

Following the House’s May vote to approve the American Health Care Act, OFA began its digital ad campaign against 25 Republicans.

Although former President Obama no longer has a former role with the Chicago-based OFA, the organization grew from his campaign infrastructure, Obama for America.


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