Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls

Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls
© Greg Nash

A group allied with Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanFive fights for Trump’s first year Sunday shows preview: Trump stares down 100-day mark Ryan: Focus is on keeping government open, not healthcare 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 AmashGreens take climate fight to GOP town halls US pressure on Saudis can help promote peace in Yemen Who will replace Chaffetz on Oversight? MORE (Mich.), Raúl Labrador (Idaho), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mark Sanford (S.C.), Mo BrooksMo BrooksCentrists push back on new ObamaCare repeal plan Support House Resolution 37: Eliminate the U.S. trade deficit Paul Ryan sells out conservatives with healthcare surrender MORE (Ala.) and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertMembers jam with Wynonna Judd, Keith Urban at Grammys on the Hill Surveillance uproar puts GOP on the spot Freedom Caucus member: Passing healthcare bill would cost GOP majority 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.”