Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls

Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls
© Greg Nash

A group allied with Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanOvernight Finance: Inside Trump's first budget | 66 programs on the chopping block | Hearing highlights border tax divide | Labor to implement investment adviser rule Hearing highlights GOP divide over border tax Progressive Caucus elects Wisconsin lawmaker as new leader MORE (R-Wis.) and the rest of House GOP leadership is launching a massive robocall effort to get skeptical conservatives on board with the proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

American Action Network is targeting 30 House districts represented mostly by members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus.

“The legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare is coming up for a vote very soon,” the robocall script reads.

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“Please contact your Congressman [Name] at [Phone Number] and tell him to join you in supporting President Trump and Speaker Ryan's plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the American Health Care Act.”

Lawmakers whose constituents will get the robocalls include Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and other members like Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashGOP lawmaker backs Dem push for Trump tax returns The Hill's 12:30 Report The Memo: GOP talk of impeachment highlights Trump’s troubles MORE (Mich.), Raúl Labrador (Idaho), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mark Sanford (S.C.), Mo BrooksMo BrooksRepublican rep roils Alabama Senate race GOP Rep. Brooks enters Alabama Senate race Rep. Mo Brooks expected to announce Senate run: report MORE (Ala.) and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertDem frustration grows with Rosenstein Will McConnell and Ryan put party over country in defense of Trump? Why is the State Department refusing to disclose Soros' involvement in Macedonia? MORE (Texas).

“We are calling activists across the country to urge them to call their member of Congress to ensure they do the right thing and stand with President Trump and Speaker Ryan in repealing this failed law,” Corry Bliss, American Action Network’s executive director, said in a statement on Thursday. 

Labrador said later Thursday that his office has been getting lots of phone calls — just not the kind American Action Network is hoping for. Most constituents calling about the GOP healthcare plan have been urging him to keep opposing it.
 
"For other people, having the American Action Network spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in their districts, that scares them. It makes me laugh every time they do it," Labrador said at a Capitol Hill forum moderated by the Heritage Foundation.

American Action Network launched a separate TV ad campaign last week in many of the same lawmakers’ districts that pressure them to support the legislation, called the American Health Care Act.

Those ads, which bank on the assumption these conservatives won’t want to look like they’re bucking Trump, urge constituents to tell their representatives “to vote with President Trump.”