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Reid to Grassroots: You're Not Helping

Speaking at a breakfast briefing, Reid said, "These groups should leave them alone. It's not helpful to me. It's not helpful to the Democratic Caucus."

I've put out calls for comment, and will provide them as they come. Lauren Weiner of Americans United for Change emails to say, "we agree with Senator Reid that Democrats should not be impeded from moving forward on this transformative budget and this is not a fight between Democrats."

Their ad, calling for support for Obama's budget, can be seen below. It's not exactly of a piece with CAF's "Dog the Blue Dogs" campaign, but it's airing in such states as North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, Indiana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Delaware. If they're hoping to keep the targets a secret, they should prrrobbbably try harder.

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