Apparently, the DCCC is targeting Eric Cantor.

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Brownsox over at Daily Kos does excellent work tracking races. If you haven't already bookmarked him at dKos, I highly recommend doing so.

Yesterday, he posted a story about a new targeting campaign by the DCCC called "Putting Families First". From Brownsox's story:

The boys in blue are back at work:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), chaired by Congressman Chris Van Hollen, today announced the DCCC is launching a Putting Families First ad and grassroots campaign in 28 targeted Republican districts. The ads focus on the Republicans out of step priorities by putting bank bail outs and building schools in Iraq before the needs of the Americans in the struggling economy. The Putting Families First ads begin airing on Tuesday morning during drive time and will run for a week.

Eric Cantor (R-VA07) was on that list. A bit more from the post:

Finally, the most dangerous and exciting game of all; the DCCC is hitting the mastermind of Republican opposition to the stimulus, the biggest rising Republican star in the House and the chief lieutenant to John Boehner...House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.

As the younger, more telegenic alternative to the grim Boehner, Cantor has positioned himself as the public and private face of Republican opposition and obstinacy.

The more prominent he makes himself, however...the stronger he opposes federal assistance for working families...the more vulnerable he makes his own carcass in a district which gave Barack Obama 46% of the vote in 2008.

So just keep barking, Eric.

Woof. ;)

In what medium

are the ads? Television? Mr. Cantor's District is in which major television market? This could get expensive, unless it overlaps with another target of opportunity. The foam-at-the-mouth brigade on line, sponsored by Lush Rimbaugh, is blanketing the internet with wild-eyed opposition to the stimulus package, and demeaning Obama... therefore, I hope the DCCC ad is a good one frequently repeated.

I realized after I read your comment

that I hadn't posted the link to the original dKos post - I've amended the diary with a proper link.

Here's a snippet from one of the articles linked in the original post:

The DCCC is running targeted radio ads and making 100,000 "person-to-person" calls to hammer 28 Republicans who voted against the stimulus last week and the leaders who high-fived afterwards.

The radio ads will run for about a week and target members on state-specific issues -- jobs, health care and education.

But the ones running in the districts of Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Via.) and NRCC chief Pete Sessions (R-TX) are extra-special, hitting the leader with voting against the stimulus while voting for "big banks" on TARP I.

So it's radio ads and targeted phone calls.

I'd love to take down The Overdog

but I consider his the safest Republican seat in VA. Rob Wittman's victory in the 1st over a last minute replacement opponent was not very impressive. I'd go after Wolf and Wittman before Cantor.

first things first

I don't know much about VA's 34th HoD District. I don't even know for sure if Margi Vanderhye is running for re-election. Heck, I don't know anything about Vanderhye, apart from her being a Dem. But I know too much about the loathsome Barbara Comstock who jumped into the race for the GOP. Comstock has ideological fervor, friends in high places in the ugliest parts of the right wing, and, I'm guessing, as much campaign money as she'll need. Shouldn't we be very concerned about keeping Comstock out of that seat?

Cantor is beatable

But it would take a perfect candidate and a very special kind of campaign, unlike anything else Virginia has ever seen. And lots and lots of cash.