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House Majority PAC hits Rep. Joyce with crying baby ad

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The ad features a close-up of a crying toddler as a narrator charges, "Congressman Dave Joyce didn't get his way on shutting down healthcare reform. So, he shut down the government and hurt the economy."

The ad urges viewers to go to TellDaveJoyce.com and sign a petition to tell the congressman, "the shutdown was wrong."

“When Dave Joyce didn’t get his way, he decided to throw a temper tantrum and shut down the federal government,” said Andy Stone, communications director for House Majority PAC. “Northeast Ohioans deserve better than Joyce’s childlike behavior and political gamesmanship with the economy.”

The Joyce ad is part of a series released Thursday attacking HMP's top nine GOP targets for the shutdown. Polling shows a majority of Americans oppose the shutdown, and blame Republicans for the tactic, and Democrats believe it could be a political winner for them in next year's midterms.

Along with Joyce, the PAC is hitting Reps. Gary Miller (Calif.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Joe Heck (Nev.), John Kline (Minn.) and Steve Southerland (Fla.) with search and, for some of the congressman, television ads.

Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said it was "truly sad that Nancy Pelosi’s Washington attack dogs are trying to distort the truth to Ohio families."

Republicans are trying to pass piecemeal funding bills through Congress to keep certain government functions running, and Prill said it was "out of touch" for Democrats to block those attempts.

"Democrats are so out of touch they are blocking cancer screenings and veteran funding to protect their ObamaCare subsidies rather than work with common-sense folks like Dave Joyce to end Obama’s government shutdown," she said.

Joyce has also joined on to a bipartisan letter calling for passage of a government funding measure that eliminates the medical device tax in ObamaCare.

— This piece was updated to include comment from the NRCC.