We know who Tom DeLay is. We know he’s an asshole, and we know that the more people learn, the more they dislike DeLay.
But a lot of people don’t know who the hell he is… even after Schiavo grandstanding. And even if they’ve heard of him, they don’t know about everything about him.
I’ve yet to see any Ohio papers write anything on Bob Ney’s connections. Have Georgia papers written about Ralph Reed’s connections?
In any case, it’s time for us to let people know. We need to raise his name recognition much higher. He’s currently at 42% according to Gallup
More below the fold…
Edited section from House Race Hotline:
Here are the relevant links (LTE info & DeLay/Republican rep info):
- Roll Call Vote hypocrisy via MyDD
- Tom DeLay’s House of Scandal (includes a LTE tool & all information necessary with exactly how your GOP congressperson is connected to DeLay)
- Jack Abramoff and Friends
- Drop the Hammer on DeLay
- DCCC blog: The Stakeholder
You can combine LTEs on DeLay with dishonesty about Social Security. Double whammy. Info here: GOP Caught on Tape
It’s also a good idea to get in LTEs around the time ads are going to be running in a district. If people are hit all over the place with a story, it’s likely to stick with them. So get writing, even if you think others are takign care of it in the district. Every little bit helps. If your local paper is being a right-wing shill, call them on it. Use the “I’ll bet you are too chicken to print this.” line.
Here are the House members (to my knowledge) who are known to have been (or will soon be) targeted by TV ads or are being sharply criticized by local Dems:
Rep. Jim Nussle (IA01)
Rep. Roy Blunt (MO07) (Majority Whip)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA06)
Rep. Chris Shays (CT)
Rep. Rob Simmons (CT-02)
Rep. Nancy Johnson (CT)
(reply with other names below, please)
Other relevant links:
- CT-2 Watch
- Keeping watch on Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) and her silence on DeLay.
- Chris Shays caught lying
I’ve concentrated on the House members, but don’t forget about the Senators who are connected. Saturatation of DeLay’s ethical problems (in connection to the rest of the Republican Party) is key. Write one even if you aren’t represented by a Republican.
Expressing agreement with editorials are important as well. Hit these papers hard, if you can:
If the LTE format is too limiting for you, try your hand at an editorial. Many local newspapers like to carry op-eds written by area residents. For tips on writing an edtiorial , read this diary: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/12/21/18578/842.
In addition, more local newspapers have taken to allowing readers to participate online in doing some reporting/opinion writing. For more information, read: Going Local: Opportunity for Center-left’s Open-Source Journalism in the Mainstream
If there’s a local TV or radio call in show, please call in and try to get the DeLay stuff out there. Just do something to make sure that DeLay = crooked Republican = (insert Republican here) from here on out. DeLay’s name recognition isn’t as high as Gingrich’s, and DeLay won’t be as much of a liability for Republicans if it doesn’t get higher.
Talk about it at work, with neighbors, family, and friends. Email links to friends & family, too.
Go get ’em!
Consider making a couple of donations:
(I think DCCC could use a few bucks considering they’ve put together a really nice House of Scandal website, and they’re pretty behind the NRCC in cash on hand.)
Oh, yeah, consider making a couple of donations:
Update [2005-4-18 0:10:16 by Newsie8200]: Even Some Bush-Backing Newspapers Are Hammering Tom DeLay
“It’s time for Republicans to renounce his leadership and choose a more principled and temperate representative as House Majority Leader,” the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star wrote in an April 12 editorial.
“Republicans have rallied around DeLay in the same loyal way that the Democrats circled their wagons around [former House Speaker Jim] Wright,” The Staunton (Va.) News-Leader wrote on April 12. “If you can’t count on your own party, who can you trust? But it is becoming rapidly clear that, in order to cut their losses and regain the moral high ground, DeLay must go.”
The report also cited editorials in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, the Dallas Morning News, the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, and the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch.
And from DeLay’s home state, the San Antonio Express-News opined on April 8: “As disturbing as DeLay’s mounting controversies are the responses of Republicans to them. With each new allegation colleagues have remained steadfastly loyal to the man known as ‘The Hammer.’ This support sends a disturbing message to the voters: In defending DeLay, they align themselves with his alleged behavior.”