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Jul 31, 2006

GOP Leaders Wobbly on Election Prospects

DCCC Press

Jul 31, 2006

GOP Leaders Wobbly on Election Prospects

National GOP Leaders Playing it Safe with Comments About November as the NRCC Continues to Poll in 28 Districts and Discuss Vulnerable Republican Incumbents

John Boehner on his Party’s Future for 2007: “If I'm around in a leadership role come January, we're going to get serious about this.” [Washington Times, 7/31/06]

Tom Reynolds on the Upcoming Elections: “It certainly isn’t going to be pretty.” [Roll Call, 7/31/06]

(Washington, D.C.) – With news reports today that national Republicans are polling extensively in nearly 30 districts and NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds openly discussing his vulnerable incumbents, it is clearer than ever that Republicans are worried about the country’s desire for a new direction. National Republicans are equivocating when speaking about election prospects and with the national mood clamoring for a new direction and polling to back that up, Republicans are hedging as Election Day approaches.

“Republicans have gone from 12 years of a confident majority to playing ‘what if’ in districts all across the country. With Democratic candidates winning locally and change favored nationwide, its no wonder the GOP is wobbly about their election prospects,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The polling, the fundraising and the enthusiasm clearly reinforce the fact that with fewer than 100 days left before November, American families are looking for a new direction.”

Republicans Unveil Latest List of Vulnerable Incumbents, Disclose $450,000 in Polling but Keep Results Secret. Recently, House Republicans worried about 2006 prospects have been polling in 28 districts across the country. In addition, NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds recently admitted that the elections aren’t “going to be pretty” and unveiled his latest list of 14 vulnerable Republican incumbents. After several recent polls show Democrats winning in Republican districts, the GOP has been poll testing the public across the country. Roll Call reports that as a result of positive numbers for Democrats, the Republican poll results will likely be kept secret, saying, “it seems unlikely, given the current national political environment, much of the data will ever be released.” [Roll Call, 7/31/06]


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