The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released a list of 47 “vulnerable Democrats” they plan to target in 2022 in an effort to take back the House.
The memo reminds voters that Republicans are “just five seats short of a majority” following some unexpected successes in the 2020 election.
NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer says that in the first few weeks of the Biden administration, Americans are already “seeing the job-killing initiatives House Democrats support.”
House Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee, for example, are pushing for a $15 minimum wage proposal, despite warnings from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that it would put 1.4 million Americans out of work.
“We will relentlessly hold House Democrats accountable for their socialist agenda,” Emmers adds, “and ensure voters understand the damaging impact policies like defunding the police, government-run health care, and ending the Keystone XL Pipeline will have on Americans’ everyday lives.”
🚨🚨🚨 You do NOT want to be one of these 47 @HouseDemocrats 🚨🚨🚨
Check out our newly released list detailing offensive pick-up opportunities for the 2022 cycle >>>https://t.co/dFAvhIqse9
— NRCC (@NRCC) February 10, 2021
Republicans Will Target Democrats, But They’re A Target As Well
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While House Republicans will be targeting Democrats to win back the majority from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, some of them will be targets themselves.
Former President Donald Trump is reportedly setting his sights on possible primary challenges to “Never Trump” Republicans, according to Newsmax.
His son Eric was floating the idea even prior to the impeachment fiasco.
“I will personally work to defeat every single Republican Senator/Congressman who doesn’t stand up against this fraud,” he tweeted regarding the 2020 election. “They will be primaried in their next election and they will lose.”
We doubt things have been patched up after the events that followed.
In mid-January, 10 Republicans in the House voted to impeach the former President for “incitement of insurrection.”
Wyoming GOP votes overwhelmingly to censure Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. https://t.co/oacOSKsSl8
— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2021
What Will Trump Do?
The ability of Republican candidates to target their Democrat counterparts may very well come down to what Trump does going forward.
Anger over Republicans joining Democrats in the impeachment effort has boiled over – a report notes that 7 out of the 10 GOP lawmakers who voted in favor of impeaching Trump are already facing primary challenges for their congressional seats.
10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump, 7 already facing challenges for their seats in Congress https://t.co/QCnmJA06dl
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 30, 2021
Further complicating matters, some have speculated whether or not Trump would be better served to start his own party due to a fracture with the GOP.
A poll from earlier this month shows an overwhelming percentage of Republican voters would join a new political party established by the former president.
It seems the NRCC might want to focus on shoring up support from the former President if they are to have any chance of regaining a majority in the House.
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