NRCC goes after Harry Teague with radio ads, robocalls

July 1, 2009

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is going after Congressman Harry Teague for his vote on the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act which narrowly passed the House late last week. The NRCC is airing radio ads and making robocalls to potential voters calling the bill a “National Energy Tax.”

“Nancy Pelosi just passed her number one legislative priority… it’s a radical plan to implement a National Energy Tax across America,” goes the script of the radio ad. “They call it Cap and Trade. But make no mistake… it’s a massive new tax.”

The Media Matters Action Network responded quickly with a fact check of the ads targeting Teague and other Democratic House members.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the ACES bill showed the bill would cost American households $175 a year. Congressman Edward Markey said the cost would be similar to “the cost of about a postage stamp a day.”

Media Matters also says the bill will create nearly two million jobs.

You can hear the NRCC radio ad here and the phone call here.

So far, there are no Republican challengers to Teague, a Hobbs Democrat, though former Congressman Steve Pearce, who held the southern New Mexico seat before Teague, says he will make a decision on whether or not to run by late July.

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