DCCC hammers Republicans for congressional gridlock in Web ads

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The ads tie Republicans to Boehner's comments, made this past weekend, that Congress shouldn't "be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged by how many laws we repeal."

They include that clip of Boehner speaking, interspersed with news clips highlighting the historically low level of activity in Congress.

"Congressman Grimm is part of the problem," reads the text of the ad hitting Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

The ads are also running in the districts of 18 other Republicans, including top Democratic targets Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and John Kline (R-Minn.), among others.

They come as a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows 83 percent of those surveyed nationwide disapprove of Congress, the highest level ever recorded in a Journal poll.

Democrats believe saddling Republicans with the blame for gridlock in Congress could be a winning argument for them at the polls in 2014.

Emily Bittner, spokesperson for the DCCC, suggested voters would reject Republicans in the next election because of the gridlock.

“Americans want jobs and solutions, not the partisanship and obstruction from Speaker Boehner and House Republicans that hurts the middle class,” she said. “If this gridlock and partisanship don’t stop, Americans will put a stop to Republicans’ broken Congress at the ballot box.”

But National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Daniel Scarpinato defended the Republican view of government, charging in an email that when Democrats were in charge of the House, they were destructive.

“When Democrats controlled Congress [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] was very productive at putting the government in charge of our health care, destroying jobs and racking up the national debt. House Republicans have a different idea of productivity - putting doctors and patients back in charge of their healthcare, creating jobs and finally balancing our nation’s budget," he said.

--This post was updated at 2:18 p.m. to reflect comment from the NRCC.

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