Top Tier Targets
Walt Minnick (D-ID) – he represents one of the most conservative districts in the West — and the most GOP district in the nation currently held by a Dem. The NRCC has a top-flight challenger in 40-year old Iraq war vet Vaughn Ward, who is already in the race and running full-time against Minnick. Dems acknowledge that this seat is tough to hold on to.
Bobby Bright (D-AL), a freshman, won in a district that voted for Sen. John McCain by 26 points. His challenger is Martha Roby, a Montgomery County City Councilperson who is well-known in the district, well-funded, and 33 years old. For months, the NRCC has been haranguing Bright to prove his fidelity to the values of the district, saturating the airwaves with radio ads and robocalls urging him to criticize Speaker Pelosi for some reason or another. Note: despite the NRCC’s claims to the contrary, Bright has never supported a public option.
Parker Griffith (D-AL), Griffinth is the type of Democrat who insists he’d vote differently the next time leadership elections are held. He’s a Democrat because his district tends to send Democrats to Congress. Its former occupant, Bud Cramer was the latest in a line of donkeys that stretched back to reconstruction. Naturally, McCain won the district by a margin of more than 20 points. How well Griffin will do without Obama Surge turnout in 2010 is an open question.
Gene Taylor (D-MS) – Start with the numbers: the McCain-Palin ticket won here by 35 percentage points. Taylor faced a nobody opponent, winning by 49 points.