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.