GOP group targets 21 vulnerable House Dems who helped Pelosi win speakership

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The California Democrat clinches fourth term as House speaker; Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram has the latest.

The day after the 117th Congress was sworn in and Democrat Nancy Pelosi narrowly re-elected as House Speaker, a leading super PAC that backs House Republicans is taking aim at potentially vulnerable Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections.

The Congressional Leadership Fund on Monday announced they’re spending five-figures to run digital ads in 21 congressional districts against Democratic lawmakers who on Sunday supported Pelosi’s re-election.

On the heels of Democrats’ vote to re-elect Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House, Congressional Leadership Fund launched a five-figure advertising campaign in 21 districts targeting vulnerable Democrats who helped Nancy Pelosi become Speaker for another term.

"When liberals like Pelosi push their radical agenda, we know who to blame," the narrator in the spots says.

Rather than expanding their majority, the Democrats lost around a dozen seats in November’s elections, and the party holds a 222-211 majority in the chamber over the GOP. One House election in New York State has not been called yet, and a heavily GOP district in Louisiana is vacant because Republican Rep.-elect Luke Letlow recently died from COVID-19.

Among the 21 Democrats targeted in the spots are Reps. Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Haley Stevens of Michigan, and Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, who is the incoming Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair.

The party of the incumbent president has lost, on average, approximately 25 House seats in the midterms elections, so the Republicans will be looking to regain the majority in the chamber, which they lost in the 2018 midterms.

"Every lawmaker who supported Nancy Pelosi either by name or by cowardly hiding behind a vote of ‘present’ is directly responsible for enabling Pelosi and all of her dangerous agenda," leadership fund President Dan Conston said. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., waves the gavel on the opening day of the 117th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)

Conston predicted that "Democrats will spend the next 24 months of their short-lived majority explaining why they sold out to Nancy Pelosi and the socialist left."

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