GOP fundraises off specter of another term of 'Speaker Pelosi'

House Republicans' campaign arm sought on Thursday to raise money off the possibility that Nancy Pelosi could become House Speaker again someday.

In an e-mail to supporters, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Executive Director Guy Harrison "urgently" warns readers about a comment Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) made on Wednesday.

"The new Chairman of the DCCC, Rep. Steve Israel, has decided to take a page from the NRCC’s 2010 strategy and make failed, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi one of the central themes of this election cycle — that’s right, he has said he wants to return the Speaker’s Gavel to Nancy Pelosi," the e-mail reads.

Israel said his goal is to win the 25 seats Democrats need to return them to the majority in 2012, and make Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the Speaker again.

Republicans enjoyed success during the campaign by criticizing Pelosi at every turn. The Republican National Committee launched a national "Fire Pelosi" bus tour, and vulnerable Democrats faced questions about whether they'd support Pelosi as Speaker.

In making Boehner's ouster in 2012 a top priority, Democrats are doing the same as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said just after the Nov. 2 election the GOP's most important goal is making President Obama a one-term president.

The statement by Israel and the e-mail by Harrison comes a day after the new Republican majority Congress was sworn into power. 

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