ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: The backlash has begun. MoveOn.org is launching a round of TV ads this week targeting Democratic House members who voted against the health care bill over the weekend.
Thirty-nine Democrats voted against the bill, though MoveOn is starting by targeting only six fiscally conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats: Rep. Mike Ross, R-Ala.; Rep. Jason Atlmire, D-Pa.; Rep. Glenn Nye, D-Va.; Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.; Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C..; and Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C.
All but Ross and Boucher are either in their first or second terms in the House. A spokesman for the group said MoveOn plans to spend $500,000 on the ads, which come as liberals seek to pressure moderate Democrats in the Senate to support President Obama in his quest for health care reform.
“This weekend representatives had a critical choice to make,” Justin Ruben, MoveOn.org’s executive director, said in a statement. “They either stood up and took a historic vote to fix the health care crisis, or they stood with the vast majority of Republicans and the insurance industry to vote for the status quo.” Watch the ad targeting Rep. Ross HERE.
With the spice comes some sugar: Later this week, MoveOn.org is planning 60 “thank you” events in the districts of Democratic members of Congress who voted “yes.”
In addition, Health Care for America Now and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced they will begin running ads in 20 House districts this week, thanking members of Congress for their votes in favor of health care reform.