(WASHINGTON) — Considering the high unemployment rate, Democrats have chosen a curious message for GOP House incumbents: You’re fired.
At a press conference with top-tier Democratic candidates on Friday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel unveiled “pink slips” to be handed out by Democrats in their districts, saying they will “fire” Tea Party lawmakers.
“They came to work, and they hardly worked, and when they did, they worked for the wrong people,” Israel said of the freshman GOP House class, speaking at a podium labeled “FIRE the Tea Party Republican Congress.”
“When you do damage on the job, you get fired. When you don’t perform, you get fired,” Israel said. Pointing to Congress’s 13 percent approval rating, he added, “I ran a small business. If one of my employees was right only 13 percent of the time, I’d fire them.”
Other Democrats echoed Israel’s comments, telling reporters that it’s time for Republicans to “get the pink slip,” citing national issues like women’s health and business tax loopholes.
Republicans used a similar messaging campaign in 2010, when the Republican National Committee ran a “Fire Pelosi Bus Tour,” aimed at turning races across the country into referendums on then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democratic House majority.
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