DCCC targets Wolf for vote on spending bill
The House Democratic campaign arm is targeting Rep. Frank Wolf (R) for his vote last week in favor of the GOP's spending resolution, accusing the Northern Virginia lawmaker of betraying his constituents in the federal workforce.
The continuing resolution approved by the House in a Saturday-morning vote would cut federal spending by more than $60 billion from March through the end of September, cutting funds for a wide variety of government programs. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going after several Republican lawmakers for their votes in favor of the measure.
That includes Wolf, whose district -- which stretches from McLean to the West Virginia border -- includes thousands of federal employees. The DCCC's campaign includes Web ads, e-mails, live phone calls and automated phone calls that say, "[D]id you hear what Representative Frank Wolf and Speaker John Boehner did? They pushed a partisan budget plan that will cost Northern Virginia jobs - especially those of federal workers. 800,000 total jobs would be lost because of the Boehner-Wolf budget." (That estimate comes from a study by the liberal Economic Policy Institute.)
The DCCC call says Wolf "stood right by" Boehner, the House Speaker, who sparked controversy by saying that if some federal jobs are lost as spending is cut, "so be it."
Wolf is in an unusual position, in that he is a longtime deficit hawk -- particularly when it comes to entitlement programs -- even as his district benefits greatly from federal spending. But Wolf spokesman Daniel Scandling dismissed the DCCC's attacks as the "same old" criticisms Democrats have long leveled at the veteran Republican, without success.
"The DCCC accuses Mr. Wolf of everything and anything," Scandling said. "It's nothing new and it falls on deaf ears. Just look at the election results."
| February 23, 2011; 3:52 PM ET
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