National Democrats are launching Spanish-language radio ads against Rep. Frank Wolf, attacking the longtime Virginia Republican lawmaker for his vote on a controversial immigration measure last week.
Wolf joined nearly all of his House GOP colleagues Thursday in voting for an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), to the Homeland Security spending bill that would bar the Obama administration from halting the deportation of so-called “DREAMers” — immigrants who were brought across the border illegally when they were children, and would be aided by the DREAM Act if it passed.
That vote prompted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to launch ads against nine Republicans, including Wolf. It is not clear how much money the DCCC is spending on the campaign or how frequently the ads will run.
“The Republican party insists that they have changed, but once again, House Republicans like Frank Wolf have betrayed our community, rejecting President Obama’s executive order that ended the deportation of DREAM Act-eligible young people,” the ad’s narrator says in Spanish, later concluding: “Now is the time to call Congressman Wolf and demand that he stand with our young people and not with most extreme members of his party.”
Unlike some of the other Republicans being targeted by the DCCC, Wolf is not considered vulnerable. But his district could be competitive whenever he decides to leave office.
“This comes as no shock,” said Wolf spokesman Dan Scandling. “[Democrats] take their shots, and who still wins on Election Day? They’re out there peddling anything and everything, trying to get him to retire.”