Billboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving

Activist groups are sending mobile billboard trucks to follow a handful of House Republicans home for Thanksgiving with a message: “Defend democracy.” 

Progressive groups MoveOn and Need to Impeach commissioned the billboard trucks to visit eight districts across seven states from Monday through Wednesday. The eight targeted Republicans include either retiring members, members who have split from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests MORE in the past, or vulnerable members in more moderate districts. 

“The billboards, which comes as Congress concludes its second week of public hearings on impeachment, demand that these members of Congress stop covering for Donald Trump’s abuses of power, in which he pressured a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election to advance his own political interests, undermined state and local elections, interfered with national security, and got caught trying to cover it all up,” the groups said in a joint announcement. 


A truck targeting Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikBipartisan House bill seeks to improve pandemic preparedness The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve House GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 MORE (R-N.Y.), who emerged as a staunch Trump defender during the public impeachment hearings, kicked off its tour of the upstate New York district Monday in Glenn Falls.

An image shared with The Hill by the groups shows a truck with Stefanik and Trump’s faces, side by side. It reads “Donald Trump Committed bribery. ... Tell Rep. Stefanik: Defend democracy. Impeach Trump.” The group also launched an ad calling on Stefanik to “honor her oath and defend our Constitution.” 

The other trucks are the same, swapping out the member's name and image next to Trump’s with the shared message. 

Other targeted Republicans are Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickFitzpatrick to face Democrat Christina Finello in key Pennsylvania House race Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE (Pa.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryKey races to watch in Tuesday's primaries House Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states Trump lends support to swing district Republicans MORE (Pa.), Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiBipartisan lawmakers call for Postal Service relief Mnuchin details IRS challenges with cash-only marijuana businesses On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare MORE (Nev.), Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyHouse holds first-ever proxy votes during pandemic Dozens of Democrats plan to vote remotely in a first for the House House members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes MORE (Fla.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen GOP Rep. Will Hurd marches with protesters in Houston The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Johns Hopkins's Jennifer Nuzzo says America needs public health crisis insurance to pay for COVID-19 victims; Protests, pandemic continue to ravage America MORE (Texas) and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyHouse passes bill to grant flexibility for small business aid program The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter House Republicans to file lawsuit to halt proxy voting MORE (Texas). 


Stefanik, first elected in 2014, represents a district Trump carried by 13.7 points. She was praised by Trump and Republican leaders for her performance during the impeachment hearings, but since then her Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb boasted bringing in more than $1 million in campaign donations. 

Hurd has announced he will not be seeking reelection. His vacated seat in Texas and Perry’s seat in Pennsylvania represent two districts that The Cook Political Report ranks as a “toss up” in 2020. Fitzpatrick and Roy’s races are ranked “lean Republican.” 

Rooney has also announced he is not seeking reelection. 

Amodei was reported to be the first Republican to back impeachment in September, but he later clarified and said he supports the oversight process but that did not mean he backed impeachment.