Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls

Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls
© Greg Nash

A group allied with Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP chairman to discuss Charlottesville as domestic terrorism at hearing Trump’s isolation grows GOP lawmaker: Trump 'failing' in Charlottesville response 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 AmashThe five kinds of Republicans who could primary Trump Overnight Defense: Military won't lift transgender ban until Trump sends directions | House passes national security spending | Russian sanctions bill heads to Trump Overnight Finance: House passes spending bill with border wall funds | Ryan drops border tax idea | Russia sanctions bill goes to Trump's desk | Dems grill bank regulator picks MORE (Mich.), Raúl Labrador (Idaho), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mark Sanford (S.C.), Mo BrooksMo BrooksTrump touts endorsement of second-place finisher in Alabama primary Moore, Strange advance in Alabama GOP primary Alabama GOP Senate primary: live results MORE (Ala.) and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertLawmakers press DOJ to help victims of Ponzi scheme House approves spending bill with funds for Trump's border wall House avoids floor fight over transgender people in military 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.”