There is currently only one Republican member of the House of Representatives representing New York City, Congressman Michael Grimm.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would like to change that number to zero. And they’re currently employing tactics such as automated telemarketing calls, known as robocalling, against Grimm and other GOP House members in order to achieve their goal.
From Daily News column Daily politics:
The text of the automated phone calls targeting Grimm is blunt:
“Hi, this is Clare calling on behalf of the DCCC. What does Congressman Michael Grimm have against seniors?
“First Grimm voted with his Republican leadership to end Medicare while protecting subsidies for Big Oil and tax breaks for billionaires. Now, they are trying to privatize Social Security. Republican leaders’ scheme to gamble the Social Security that seniors worked a lifetime to earn on Wall Street is way too dangerous. One bad market could wipe out years of savings, putting generations of retirees at risk.
“Call Congressman Michael Grimm at (718) 351-1062 and tell him not to gamble Social Security on Wall Street.”
This is part of a national strategy by Democrats to win back House seats they consider low-lying fruit. They’ve compiled a nationwide list of ‘swing districts’- communities with large numbers of registered Democrats, the elderly and Union members- all things common to conservative middle class neighborhoods outside of Manhattan.
The DCCC’s calls begin Friday and will continue through Independence Day on Monday.
Other targets of Democrats, according to the article, are Representatives Paul Gosar and Dave Schweikert of Arizona, Daniel Webster and Allen West of Florida; Tom Latham of Iowa; Joe Walsh, Tim Johnson and Bobby Schilling of Illinois; Renee Ellmers of North Carolina; Jon Runyan of New Jersey, Jim Gerlach and Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania and Reid Ribble of Wisconsin.
Rep. Michael Grimm represents New York’s 13th District, which includes all of Staten Island, as well as parts of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Gravesend.