Liberal Group To Target Landrieu Ahead Of Senate Health Care Debate

With a difficult fight over health care set to begin as early as next week, the liberal group Democracy for America is raising money to revisit an ad they ran against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) earlier this year.

Landrieu, as we noted yesterday, is one of the key holdouts in the Democratic caucus, still withholding her support for a landmark reform bill, which she says she might filibuster. The group hopes to raise $100,000 by Thursday, to begin airing the spot ahead of the first procedural health care vote, which could come as early as next week.

Their premise is simple: “Senator Landrieu has a choice to make. Stand with the Democratic Caucus against a Republican filibuster and we’ll stop running the ad. But stand with Republicans to kill healthcare reform and this ad is only the beginning.”

You can read the groups fundraising letter below the fold.

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Last August, when the public option was declared dead by insider Democrats and the media, DFA members knew better. We knew, if we kept the pressure on, we could back up House progressives and deliver real reform with a public option.

We were right.

On Saturday night the House of Representatives passed a public option by majority vote. Now, all eyes turn to the Senate. With only a few weeks before the full Senate votes on healthcare, we have the majority votes needed to pass real reform with a public option. The one possible roadblock is a Republican filibuster. But Republicans can’t stop the bill on their own. They need at least one member of the 60-Senator Democratic Caucus to join them to kill reform.

We’re not pulling punches. We need to turn up the pressure on any senator who might be a Turncoat Democrat who supports a Republican filibuster. It’s time to bring back our hard-hitting ad pressuring Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to support a public option. If we raise $100,000 by Thursday, we can blanket the airwaves and turn up the pressure for Mary Landrieu back home before she decides how to vote in D.C.

Turn the heat up on Senator Landrieu – Contribute Now
TURN UP THE HEAT ON SENATOR LANDRIEU — GET THE AD ON THE AIR
With your support, we’ll hit the airwaves in Louisiana with our hard-hitting 60 second T.V. ad. featuring Karen Gadbois, one of Landrieu’s constituents, a DFA member, and a local hero for her work exposing corruption after Katrina. She shares her compelling story about how the public option would impact her life and asks Senator Landrieu to choose whose side she’s on.

Karen’s story is very heartfelt and personal. It highlights a real American who needs real reform. And it’s the kind of high pressure ad that no senator wants run against them — especially during an election year.

Senator Landrieu has a choice to make. Stand with the Democratic Caucus against a Republican filibuster and we’ll stop running the ad. But stand with Republicans to kill healthcare reform and this ad is only the beginning.

CONTRIBUTE NOW AND MAKE SURE SENATOR LANDRIEU GETS THE MESSAGE

Saturday was a big day, but this fight isn’t over. We’re turning up the pressure and pulling out all the stops to win. And it’s going to happen because of you.

Thank you for everything you do.

-Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

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