Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls

Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls
© Greg Nash

A group allied with Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Lawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono MORE (R-Wis.) and the rest of House GOP leadership is launching a massive robocall effort to get skeptical conservatives on board with the proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

American Action Network is targeting 30 House districts represented mostly by members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus.

“The legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare is coming up for a vote very soon,” the robocall script reads.

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“Please contact your Congressman [Name] at [Phone Number] and tell him to join you in supporting President Trump and Speaker Ryan's plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the American Health Care Act.”

Lawmakers whose constituents will get the robocalls include Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and other members like Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashRepublicans slam Trump’s new policy toward Cuba Kids shouldn't be charged as sex offenders Dem: Disrespect for rule of law by Trump administration 'off the charts' MORE (Mich.), Raúl Labrador (Idaho), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mark Sanford (S.C.), Mo BrooksMo BrooksHouse to vote on Kate's Law next week as wall debate heats up Baseball gunman had list of GOP lawmakers: reports Congressional aide: 'If I wanted to live I needed to make a run for it' MORE (Ala.) and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertBudget process drags as GOP struggles for consensus GOP rep: DOJ conspiracy targeting Trump Republicans want to know why Comey didn’t write memo about Lynch MORE (Texas).

“We are calling activists across the country to urge them to call their member of Congress to ensure they do the right thing and stand with President Trump and Speaker Ryan in repealing this failed law,” Corry Bliss, American Action Network’s executive director, said in a statement on Thursday. 

Labrador said later Thursday that his office has been getting lots of phone calls — just not the kind American Action Network is hoping for. Most constituents calling about the GOP healthcare plan have been urging him to keep opposing it.
 
"For other people, having the American Action Network spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in their districts, that scares them. It makes me laugh every time they do it," Labrador said at a Capitol Hill forum moderated by the Heritage Foundation.

American Action Network launched a separate TV ad campaign last week in many of the same lawmakers’ districts that pressure them to support the legislation, called the American Health Care Act.

Those ads, which bank on the assumption these conservatives won’t want to look like they’re bucking Trump, urge constituents to tell their representatives “to vote with President Trump.”