The NRCC is now expanding their 2010 playing field, with a new robocall targeting Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and calling him an out-of-touch liberal — which may seem odd, considering he’s from a blue district.
“Jim Cooper has been in Congress for over seven years, and has lost touch with what Tennessee workers are going through,” a woman says in the robocall, provided to us by a reader. “Unemployment in Tennessee is 10.3%, but Jim Cooper spent 2009 helping liberal Speaker Nancy Pelosi pass a massive government takeover of health care that will increase costs and could lower choices.”
Tennessee a red state that offers the GOP some solid pick-up opportunities in 2010, such as the retirements of Democratic Reps. John Tanner and Bart Gordon, in districts that were carried by John McCain. However, Cooper’s district is one of two solidly Democratic districts in the state. It voted for Barack Obama by 56%-43%, and for John Kerry by 52%-47% before that.
The Republicans are making a big push to pick up Democratic seats in the South in 2010. But could even this one be a good target?