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Ohio Democrat Driehaus Says Party Cut Off Funds After He Made 'Tough Votes'

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Rep. Steve Driehaus has accused the fundraising arm of his own party of skipping out on his race after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pulled more than $524,000 in planned television advertising in the Cincinnati-area district.

In a new video, Driehaus says he "had the guts" to take on tough votes on health care, the economy and "standing up to Wall Street." It was the right thing to do, he says, but "now the DCCC is walking away" from his contest against Republican Steve Chabot. "Let them know you support candidates who stand up for your principles," Driehaus tells voters. "Send a message to the DCCC and to all Americans that when we voted for change in 2008, we meant it."

On his ActBlue fundraising page, Driehaus said the "DCCC recently pulled millions of dollars in advertising from members who stood for our Democratic principles" and is re-investing that money in the races of Democrats "who didn't have the guts to take the tough votes."

Steve DriehausDriehaus' unhappiness with Democratic leaders in the U.S. House came a day after the DCCC pulled back its support in several districts -- including his -- where strategists think Democratic chances are fading, Politico said. Driehaus is trailing in polls against the conservative Chabot, a former House member defeated by Driehaus in 2008. The Democratic committee intends to shift money to races it views as more competitive.

In Ohio, Driehaus spokesman Tim Mulvey said the DCCC is still supporting the congressman's ground operation, aimed at getting out the vote on Nov. 2. "Our whole campaign revolves around getting people out to the polls," Mulvey told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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John Vilvens

You do not listen to what the people want you get voted out. Time the people voice was heard. The people that voted you in were against these bills. You did not listen to the people but vote as your party told you to vote. Your party never cared about you. Now the people you showed you did not care about what they wanted will have the final word. Good Bye you are unemployed and the unemployement lines are long thanks to your votes.

October 14 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

My congresswoman, who is running for re-election,was also cut off from funds from the DCCC.The repubs have been hitting over the head again and again for voting for abortion funding in the health care law. Of course, there isn't any such funding. She stood behind Stupak and smirked when he got his "compromise" the day when the law was passed.Now she has been running ads here whining that she is a "Catholic and pro life".Being niether, I find those ads distasteful. It really doesn't matter.She will be beaten soundly in another few weeks. One other thing. The same day the DCCC cut funds for her, I got two emails asking for contributions to the DCCC,to help in "close races". Talk about guts...

October 14 2010 at 2:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

In my opinion both Democrats and Republicans they are both from the same mold. They all should be voted out of office. No matter what party. The country is in a mess that will take years to correct.Best thing to do is vote Independent.Guys like Barney Frank and many others have to go. We need new blood in Washington.The Democrats are bad, But the Republicans are worse. They do nothing but sit on their hands. And we are paying these slackers $193,000 a year.For what! Im voting any incumbent out this year.

October 14 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well, being from Cincy, I feel that the "tough votes" Driehaus is talking about are votes that he , in his heart, knew were the wrong votes, but he voted party line, and ignored the interests of the American people, to cement his place in a Democratic owned Congress. Now it has backfired, and the Democratic Party that he was trying to enable, has betrayed him. LOL. HA HA HA. This is why polls in Cincy, show Cabot will regain his former seat by 60% to 40%. Apparently it doesn't pay to play the wrong side. Too bad, Congressman, er-that is, Mr. Driehaus, you just learned the reality of politics. One of the biggest backers in November for Chabot will be the Seniors that Drieshaus voted against with the so called Health Care Reform Bill. Now most of those 58,000,000 Seniors across the U.S.A. will be showing Democrats like Drieshaus what we think. 1:30

October 14 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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So Andy, you are a mind reader as to what Mr. Driehaus did? He didn't vote against the seniors he voted against corruption within the system. Please go back and learn what was actually done in those bill that passed.

October 14 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I live in this district. Driehaus should have never won in the first place. He was voted out simply because he was/is a Republican. Chabot works so hard, you would never know what his party affliation is. He is a true champion whether you are a republican, or democrat, or even an independant.

October 14 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This is exactly why no one we elect represents their respective states any longer, and so often goes along with the party strong-arming of the lieks of Pelosi and Reid. If they don't, they lose funding and party support and are eventually forced from office. It happens in both parties and accounts for why Dems and the GOP are so miserably failing our nation. Thankfully the Tea Party Movement has not yet been corrupted by this process.

October 14 2010 at 12:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

What a bunch of 'hooey'! The DNC cut off the funds because they knew that Driehaus is a 'lost cause'. He skated into office on Obama's coattails and voted lock-step with Obama and Pelosi, while parroting Reid's corrupt agendas. Since the DNC major supporter, George Soros, pulled his millions (or is it billions?) from the DNC endorsements they must be more careful with their money, putting it out for candidates that they feel may have a chance for re-election. That is NOT Driehaus. One more thing against Driehaus: A veteran's son went to Chabot (prior congressman)to get the medals that his dad had earned. Chabot did the work and got them approved, but it didn't get to his office before he was evicted after the last election. Driehaus grabbed the photo-op opportunity of presenting the medals and is using that in ads against his opponent, even going so far as to claim that Chabot "did nothing" and taking the credit for Chabot's work. Too bad that the vet and his son went along with this farce and appear in the TV political ads. But, when it comes to Driehaus's honesty(?), what more can we expect?

October 14 2010 at 12:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Silent Hill

Dmes don't seem to undertsand the problems they're facing. 3/4 of the population is fiscally conservative, despite party affiliation. They undertsand that deficits this high are dangerous. Before long the country will be like a person stuck in credit card debt, Unable to pay it off becuase they are too poor to pay off any of the principle. They wind up on a treadmill of paying nothing but interest.

October 14 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Silent Hill

Whether Republican or Democrat, if you are not 100% on point with the party goals, they tend to leave you out in the cold. Unfortunately both parties are controled by the extremists. Also, The parties pull money in races where they feel they're at a loss. Hence the status quo

October 14 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Politics you have to love it. You get someone elected that supports your agenda and when the going get rough you throw him under he bus. Politics is no longer for the people. All both parties are worried about is control which leads to political contributions. Both the DNC and RNC are nothing more then corrupt money grabbing corporations controlling the public with lies for control. The problem is the lies they tell are so far fetched only those that believe in the party are fooled. The democrats want everyone to believe that if you vote republican you will lose social security, welfare,and medicare. The republicans state you vote democrat you lose your rights and government will run your life. The problem is if you believe either then you also believe in the easter bunny and elephants do fly and florida swap land makes for a great vacation home site.

October 14 2010 at 11:44 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply


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