Campaign Will Reach Swing Voters in Districts of Freshman Democrats Who Broke Their Word And Supported Pelosi

WASHINGTON – On the heels of the vote for Speaker of the House of Representatives, Congressional Leadership Fund (@CLFSuperPAC), the super PAC endorsed by House Republican leadership, released a six-figure digital ad campaign targeting freshman Democrats who broke their word with voters and supported Nancy Pelosi for speaker. The ads will run for the next month on digital platforms reaching swing voters in the following congressional districts: CA-39 (Gil Cisneros), KS-03 (Sharice Davids), MI-11 (Haley Stevens), MN-03 (Dean Phillips), NJ-03 (Andy Kim), and TX-07 (Lizzie Fletcher).

“Newly elected Democrats told voters things would be different in Washington, but with their very first vote they caved to party bosses and supported Nancy Pelosi for speaker,” said Dan Conston, CLF President. “While it takes some politicians years to sell out, it took these Democratic members just one day to break their bond with voters back home.”

View Example Of Ad Below

Watch “Caved (Gil Cisneros),” here

SCRIPT 

 VO: Gil Cisneros told us this time would be different.

 CISNEROS: “I think it’s time for new voices and new leadership. I think it’s time for new people to step up and new people to start filling those leadership roles.”

 VO: But… with his very first vote in Congress he caved to the party bosses and voted to make Nancy Pelosi speaker.

 The same failed leadership, the same insiders pulling the strings.

 It takes most politicians years to sell out.

 But Gil Cisneros broke his bond with voters.

 On the very first day.

Watch “Caved (Dean Phillips),” here

SCRIPT

MODERATOR: “Real quick, Dean Phillips would you stand up to Nancy Pelosi? Would you vote for her to be the leader of the Democrats if you win this election?” 

PHILLIPS: “No. It’s time for new leadership on both sides of the aisle.” 

VO: But… with his very first vote in Congress. Dean Phillips caved to the party bosses.

And fell right in line, voting to support Nancy Pelosi for speaker.

The same failed leadership, the same insiders pulling the strings.

It takes most politicians years to sell out.

But Dean Phillips broke his bond with voters.

On the very first day. 

BACKGROUND

 Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

  • “I think it’s time for new voices and new leadership. I think it’s time for new people to step up and new people to start filling those leadership roles.” (Gil Cisneros, Remarks With Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli, 8/10/2018)
  • “‘While I respect Leader Pelosi’s years of advocacy on behalf of California and the Democratic Party, it’s time for new leadership,’ Gil Cisneros, who is running for an Orange County seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Ed Royce, said in a statement explaining why he won’t support the Democratic leader if his party takes back the House and Pelosi runs for speaker.” (John Wildermuth, “Some California Dems Trying To Flip The House Are Backing Away From Pelosi,” San Francisco Chronicle, 6/21/18)

Sharice Davids (KS-03)

  • Q: “So you want new leadership in the house Democratic caucus?” DAVIDS: “I want – I want new leadership across the board (laughter) because I think that – I just think the leadership of both parties can – I just want to see people who are coming out with plans for how we are going to get stuff done in DC.” Q: “So you wouldn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi again as the Democratic leader?” DAVIDS: “Well I’m not going to vote for anybody that doesn’t lay out a clear plan for what we need to do to break away from the inaction in congress and the disfunction.” (Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander, “Seg. 1: Sharice Davids Wants “New Leadership Across The Board.” Seg. 2: Vampires In Film.” KCUR, 10/19/18, 11:00 mark)

Pelosi Contributed $7,000 To Davids

  • On August 17, 2018, Davids Received $2,000 From Pelosi’s Campaign. (Sharice For Congress, 2018 October Quarterly Report, Federal Election Commission, Filed 10/15/18)
  • On August 17, 2018, Davids Received $5,000 From Pelosi’s PAC, PAC To The Future. (Sharice For Congress, 2018 October Quarterly Report, Federal Election Commission, Filed 10/15/18)

 Haley Stevens (MI-11)

  • “…I am looking for a new generation of leadership…” (Haley Stevens, Remarks With CNN’s Manu Raju, 11/14/18)
  • “The candidates are Haley Stevens, former chief of staff of the federal auto bailout task force; Suneel Gupta, a technology entrepreneur; state Rep. Tim Greimel, the former House Democratic leader; Fayrouz Saad, former immigration director for Detroit; and Nancy Skinner, a climate change activist. All but Skinner say they wouldn’t vote for U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California as speaker if Democrats win the U.S. House this fall — an indication they feel a new generation should have a seat at the leadership table.” (Melissa Nann Burke and Maureen Feighan, “Dems In 11th District Congressional Primary Ready To Boot Pelosi,” The Detroit News, 7/31/18)

Dean Phillips (MN-03)

  • Moderator: “Real quick, Dean Phillips would you stand up to Nancy Pelosi? Would you vote for her to be the leader of the Democrats if you win this election?” Phillips: “No. It’s time for new leadership on both sides of the aisle.” (Dean Phillips, Remarks At A Debate, 10/21/18)

 Andy Kim (NJ-03)

  • “Andy Kim joined a slew of other New Jersey House hopefuls on Saturday when he announced that he would support new leadership in Washington and, by extension, that he would not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for a leadership role. ‘When I worked in Afghanistan, no one asked me if I was a Democrat or Republican, we just focused on serving the American people,’ Kim said. ‘As I’m now working to help my community here in New Jersey, it’s time we have new leadership on both sides of the aisle in Washington to get the job done.’” (Nikita Biryukov, “Kim Won’t Back Pelosi,” New Jersey Globe, 6/23/18)

Pelosi Contributed $14,000 To Kim

  • On March 23, 2018, Kim Received $2,000 From Pelosi’s Campaign. (Andy Kim For Congress, 2018 April Quarterly Report, Federal Election Commission, Filed 4/16/2018)
  • On May 18, 2018, Kim Received $2,000 From Pelosi’s Campaign. (Andy Kim For Congress, 2018 July Quarterly Report, Federal Election Commission, Filed 7/15/2018)
  • On March 23, 2018, Kim Received $5,000 From Pelosi’s PAC To The Future. (Andy Kim For Congress, 2018 April Quarterly Report, Federal Election Commission, Filed 4/16/2018)
  • On May 18, 2018, Kim Received $5,000 From Pelosi’s PAC To The Future. (Andy Kim For Congress, 2018 July Quarterly Report, Federal Election Commission, Filed 7/15/2018)

Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07)

  • “I’m Lizzie Fletcher…And I won’t take orders from Nancy Pelosi or anyone else…” (“Change That,” Lizzie Pannill Fletcher For Congress, 10/19/18)
  • “In Texas’s 7th District, one of 23 Republican-held districts that backed Hillary Clinton for president, Democratic lawyer Lizzie Fletcher has refused to endorse Pelosi for speaker but has still won support from Emily’s List and other national Democratic groups.” (David Weigel, “Democrats Pushing For Pelosi’s Ouster As Leader Stand Down — At Least Until Elections,” The Washington Post, 4/16/18)

 Pelosi Contributed $14,000 To Fletcher

  • On June 30, 2018, Fletcher Received $2,000 From Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Bringing The Total To $4,000. (Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher For Congress, July 2018 Quarterly Report, Federal Election Committee, 6/30/18)
  • On June 30, 2018, Fletcher Received $5,000 From Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) PAC To The Future, Bringing The Total To $10,000. (Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher For Congress, July 2018 Quarterly Report, Federal Election Committee, 6/30/18)

Pelosi Contributed $10,000 To Fletcher’s Victory Fund

  • On September 14, 2018, Lizzie Fletcher’s (D-TX) Lizzie Fletcher Victory Fund Received $10,000 From Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). (Lizzie Fletcher Victory Fund, October 2018 Quarterly Report, Federal Election Committee, 9/14/18)