9:53am

Tue August 9, 2011
All Politics are Local

DCCC Targets Barr for August Campaign

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continued to underscore Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr’s support for the Ryan budget plan in a new radio ad that began airing Monday.  Barr is challenging Congressman Ben Chandler, D-Ky., in a rematch from 2010, where he came within less than 700 votes of unseating the incumbent last fall.

In a month-long campaign dubbed “Accountability August”, which includes radio ads, robocalls, billboards and door-to-door canvassing, the group is running ads across central Kentucky claiming Barr “supports ending Medicare to protect tax breaks for big oil and millionaires.” It also asks voters to tell the 38-year-old GOP candidate to “stop choosing millionaires over seniors.”

Among the 44 Republicans being targeted by the DCCC, Barr is the only GOP challenger on the list, which may indicate how important the 6th congressional district is for Democrats to win back the House and how nervous they feel about Chandler losing next November.