Dems go after three more on regulatory reform bill with automated calls

Democrats are adding three more Republican targets to their bailout offensive.

After earlier this week launching a paid media campaign against five House Republicans who opposed last week’s financial regulatory overhaul, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will be running automated calls against four GOPers.

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Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who was also targeted in the first round, is joined this time by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.).

“I'm calling from the DCCC about last year’s Wall Street crisis,” reads a script provided to The Hill. “Remember? We said it can't happen again. But did you know Congressman McCotter voted to let Wall Street continue the same risky practices that crippled retirement accounts and cost taxpayers $700 billion dollars, including unchecked bonuses and salaries for executives?

”Maybe the $104,437 dollars he got from financial special interests mattered more than taxpayers. Call Congressman McCotter and tell him it's time to stand up for us, not big banks.”

Democrats have moved into offense mode on the economy, hoping to cast the regulatory overhaul bill as a crackdown on the kinds of practices that led to the bailout bill last year. DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen said Thursday that Democrats in the first half of 2010 will push economic measures that will help their electoral prospects.

Republicans have pointed out that 27 Democrats crossed over to join a united GOP front in opposing the overhaul bill.

In addition to the three new targets, Democrats have run with radio ads and other attacks against Dent and Reps. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).

Diaz-Balart and McCotter stand out as targets against whom the DCCC has yet to recruit a top challenger.

Young is a target for retirement.