Former Rep. Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.), who was defeated by Republican Michael Grimm this past November, is touting the second anniversary of President Obama's stimulus plan.

The Staten Island Democratic Association is highlighting McMahon's praise of the stimulus package ahead of an afternoon event to tout its impact. 

In a statement Thursday, McMahon extolled the regional benefits of the stimulus, claiming that, thanks to its enactment, "the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn are paying the lowest federal income taxes since the '50s." He also touted the investment in local infrastructure the stimulus money allowed for. 

The New York Democrat has been working to repair relations with his party's base as he appears to be paving the way for another run in 2012. The left was unhappy with McMahon's vote against the healthcare law — a vote McMahon has since said may have been a mistake. 

The Democrat has made a handful of appearances before local Democratic clubs in recent weeks, including the Staten Island Democratic Association, which is among the more liberal of the groups McMahon has faced. The group said McMahon was hoping to appear at an afternoon event to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the plan, but had a scheduling conflict. 

Republicans, meanwhile, are using the anniversary to slam House and Senate Democrats for supporting the package, with both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee going on the offensive. 

The NRSC released a Web video Thursday targeting five Senate Dems up for re-election in 2012, and the NRCC hit McMahon and dozens of other former members who may be weighing bids to reclaim their House seats next year. 

Among the NRCC's targets Thursday are former Democratic Reps. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.), Tom Perriello (Va.), Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.) and Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.). 

On Wednesday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) noted his frequent communications with former members who could run again in 2012, saying the committee holds conference calls with former members at least once a month and that he's exchanged e-mails recently with Herseth Sandlin.