Hardly a week goes by without the national Democratic campaign cadre taking swipes at first-year U.S. Jaime Herrera Beutler, the Republican who won the 3rd district seat left vacant by Brian Baird's retirement last year. And last week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it was launching a new radio and automated phone-call campaign to highlight the lawmaker’s recent voting record.
The DCCC might have valid points about the conservative's seemingly hypocritical votes to end so-called Obamacare while voting to preserve her own coverage. But two months into Herrera Beutler's term, the DCCC can't spell her name right. [Update: Until this post earlier today.]
It's Jaime, not Jamie.
As the DCCC wrote last Wednesday in announcing its new campaign to highlight the budget votes of Herrera Beutler and 49 other Republicans:
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Herrera Beutler's spokesman Casey Bowman sounded less than amused by the attack. He wrote in response to an e-mail asking for comment:
The attacks have been ongoing since the new lawmaker was sworn in, including one early this month that said "Jamie Herrera Beutler" and fellow House Republicans had not done anything to create jobs – despite her and the GOP's fall campaign focus. The Democrats mentioned their site, www.whenarethejobs.com, which takes the GOP to task.
Bowman said at the time on that jobs question that Herrera was working to eliminate regulations that stymie jobs creation.
Herrera Beutler also caught flak for her vote "to remove protections on food, toys and drinking water," as another DCCC press release was headlined. Bowman was ready with a reply, saying: "Jaime voted against a motion to recommit, which is just a procedural vote. It's not an actual vote on the issue."
Maybe so. But the attacks are nothing new and the National Republican Campaign Committee used to make them routinely to harrass Baird; it still launches similar attacks on Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Tacoma, and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett.
It always makes sense for the out-of-power party to chip away early and often at a freshman lawmaker. But it looks like the 3rd district is in for a long couple of years until 2012.
UPDATE on original 11:07 a.m. post today: The DCCC just sent out another email slamming Herrera, saying she supported a GOP spending plan that would cost 700,000 jobs. It notes her vote earlier in the month for the House Republicans' continuing resolution on the budget.
This time, Jaime is spelled correctly.
The DCCC goes on to cite this Washington Post story that quotes Mark Zandi, an economic adviser for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, in calculating the job costs. Zandi advocated last year for the economic stimulus aid to states for public schools and public safety programs, and he has argued the economy will suffer if federal spending is shrunk too soon.