Dems slam GOP lawmakers for not holding town halls

Dems slam GOP lawmakers for not holding town halls
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House Democrats are unleashing a new wave of attack ads aimed at several Republican lawmakers who haven't hosted town halls in their districts this month.

A new ad campaign from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) first reported by CNN will launch this month and target 25 House Republicans who haven't hosted a town hall yet during the August recess. That list includes Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record Tampons sent to Dem who called for free feminine hygiene products in House MORE (R-Wis.).

The ads, run through Google, target search engine users who search their lawmaker's name and directs them to micro-sites featuring clocks detailing the last time their representative spoke to constituents. The ads launched on Tuesday and will run from the August recess until the start of September.

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A DCCC spokesman told CNN that Republicans who are "too scared" to face their constituents don't deserve to be in Congress.

"If House Republicans are heartless enough to take away health care from their constituents but too scared to face them at public town halls, they don't deserve to be in Congress," Tyler Law told CNN.

"Our latest digital ad campaign exposes Washington Republicans while they're home on recess and empowers people to hold their representatives accountable."

The National Republican Congressional committee (NRCC) called the move by House Democrats a "desperate attempt" by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to distract from problems in her own caucus.

“Whether he’s meeting with agriculture leaders in Janesville, talking tax reform while touring local factories, or working to bring 13,000 high-tech jobs to his district, Paul Ryan is delivering results for his constituents," NRCC spokesman Chris Martin told The Hill. 

"They won’t be fooled by Nancy Pelosi’s desperate attempt to shift attention from her deeply divided and dysfunctional party.”

Last month, Ryan pushed back against calls for him to host a town hall in his district and echoed an argument from other Republicans that outside groups and protesters were swarming their town halls.

“Aside from the obvious security concerns, what we have found is there are people who are trying to come in from out of the district to disrupt town hall meetings and not have a civil discussion, so what I have been doing is looking for new and creative ways to interact with my constituents in a civil way,” Ryan said in July.

- This story was updated at 12:24 p.m.