DSCC targeting Coleman, Sununu

Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerWhite House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Schumer declines to say whether Trump executive orders are legal: They don't 'do the job' Schumer: Idea that 0 unemployment benefit keeps workers away from jobs 'belittles the American people' MORE (N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, seeking to crank up DSCC totals for third-quarter fundraising — the door closes Sept. 30 — is hammering at two vulnerable Republicans in one of his latest direct e-mail appeals.

Senate hopeful Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenCNN publishes first Al Franken op-ed since resignation Political world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' MORE — the author and comic — is the biggest national name in a Minnesota Democratic primary where the winner will take on Sen. Norm Coleman (R). And Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) will face a formidable challenge from former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks Overnight Defense: Pompeo pressed on move to pull troops from Germany | Panel abruptly scraps confirmation hearing | Trump meets family of slain soldier Shaheen, Chabot call for action on new round of PPP loans MORE, who just stepped down from her post as chief of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government to make her second Senate run.

Schumer’s pitch shows how the Democrats are using the 2008 contests to try to flip votes on Iraq war-funding measures — and to raise money.

“Republican Senators Norm Coleman and John Sununu — both up for re-election in 2008 — voted for the 6th time this year against a troop withdrawal in Iraq. Democrats only have a one-seat majority, and Coleman, Sununu and their ilk are blocking the change that all of you voted for in 2006,” Schumer wrote.

Few predicted in 2006 that the Senate would land in Democratic hands, and Schumer reminds potential donors: “Had only several thousand votes swung the other way in 2006, the Senate would still be in Republican hands. That means in 2008 we have to micro-target in more states, bolster our grassroots organizing, and use new technologies to deliver our message. Let’s not wait till the GOP spin machine is at full-force.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinWhite House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Sunday shows - Trump coronavirus executive orders reverberate Durbin blasts Trump's 'country-club fix' on unemployment MORE (D-Ill.) has an interesting approach in his end-of-quarter pitch aimed at lower-dollar donors: He’s actually too busy in the Senate to run around the country for fundraisers, so please, just send him some money so he can get some work done.

“Already, several Republican candidates are amassing war-chests and lining up to challenge me next November,” Durbin writes. “But because I’m going to dedicate every waking moment in Washington, D.C. this week to working for an end to the war in Iraq and providing healthcare to our kids, I’m asking you to step up and help me close this quarter strong.”

House moved on

House Republican Whip Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSkepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal GOP expects Senate to be in session next week without coronavirus deal House Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections MORE (Mo.) seems to think there is still some juice to be squeezed from the ad the liberal anti-war group MoveOn.org ran in The New York Times condemning Gen. David Petraeus. Senate Republicans got a floor vote on a measure blasting the ad. “Each day that goes by without the House taking up either the Senate’s resolution or the one introduced by [House Minority] Leader [John] BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Bottom line Cheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future MORE [R-Ohio] two weeks ago is a day that this chamber sends another terrible message to our troops in the field,” Blunt said in a statement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), not born yesterday, has no interest in recycling old news.

I’ve noticed that Republicans like to use MoveOn.org in fundraising appeals — in the same way Democrats have been running scary pictures of Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Sweet is the Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. E-mail: lsweet3022@aol.com