House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad

House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad
© Greg Nash

The House Democrats' campaign arm is taking aim at Republican incumbents in four districts in new ads unveiled Tuesday. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) ads target Reps. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisGOP lawmaker: We're past point of doing separate infrastructure bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Association of Manufacturers - Trump, Congress draw battle lines on impeachment Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game MORE (R-Ill.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinGOP lawmaker: Democrats cherry-picking what to leak in impeachment inquiry Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria He who must not be named: How Hunter Biden became a conversation-stopper MORE (R-N.Y.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena MORE (R-Pa.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerWhite House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions GOP congressman: 'We all know' Turkey wouldn't have attacked if U.S. troops remained at border MORE (R-Ill.),  all of whom are on the DCCC's "retirement watch list," according to a statement first obtained exclusively by The Hill. 

The four congressmen were added to the group's list earlier this month. 


"These ads serve to remind Congressmen Davis, Kinzinger, Zeldin, and Fitzpatrick of the better life so many of their colleagues are choosing, rather than return to life in the minority in Washington," DCCC spokesman Cole Leiter said in a statement. 

The Cook Political Report rates Zeldin, Davis and Fitzpatrick's districts as competitive districts that lean Republican. Kinzinger represents Illinois's 16th Congressional District, which is not listed as a competitive race on the Cook Political Report.

News of the ads come as Democrats look to expand their majority in the House in 2020, while Republicans aim to take back the majority in the lower chamber despite a recent wave of retirements. 

A number of House Republicans have announced they will not seek reelection in 2020, including Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats claim new momentum from intelligence watchdog testimony Romney: Trump requesting Biden investigation from China, Ukraine 'wrong and appalling' GOP lawmaker: 'It is terrible' for Trump to call on China to probe Biden MORE (R-Texas), Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE (R-Ind.) and Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 MORE (R-Ga.). 

The retirements have sparked fear in GOP circles that party will be put on the defensive and that more exits could be on the horizon.