There was a full page ad in The Telegraph today asking people to call Congressman Jim Marshall and thank him for opposing legislation to cut Medicare funding for nursing care.
Folks, full page ads aren't cheap. The American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care funded this one 50-50, according to Susan Feeney, with the AHCA in Washington.
They've got a national campaign going in the so-called "front-line" congressional districts. Those are districts identified by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as most likely to see a serious Republican challenge. Marshall, of course, has been in that category for years.
The hope, Feeney said, is that targeted congressional leaders will urge their party to oppose the cuts. In Marshall's case, they're happy with him so far. In the 12th District, where U.S. Rep. John Barrow narrowly beat out Republican competition, not so much.
You can download the ads here.
What's my point in posting this? I dunno. More big money coming to the 8th and 12th District races, I guess, and everybody's got their issue. And being in one of these vulnerable seats means you're going to feel the pressure.
But when it comes to the safe seats, the majority of seats in Congress where a Democrat or Republican is essentially guaranteed a win because of the way the district is drawn, how do you put political pressure on those folks?