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2009/2010: NRCC's health-care ad

"The National Republican Congressional Committee on Thursday is launching its first TV ad targeting a Democratic Member on health care reform," Roll Call reports. "The ad targeting Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) is the first in what committee officials said will be a series of TV and radio spots hitting vulnerable Democrats over the August recess. Other Democrats whom the NRCC is zeroing in on include Reps. Zack Space (Ohio), Michael Arcuri (N.Y.), Harry Teague (N.M.), Ike Skelton (Mo.), Christopher Carney (Pa.) and Bill Foster (Ill.)." 
 
Roll Call looks at how the NRSC has some key recruiting holes still. "Whether the NRSC can plug those holes after Congress returns in September could be the difference between Republicans fighting to hold onto the territory they already have in 2010 and the NRSC actually mounting a serious offense against incumbent Democrats next year." 
 
LOUISIANA: Rep. Ahn Joseph Cao seen as the most vulnerable Republican in the country (he's from William Jefferson's district) will meet with the White House to go over health-care legislation. 
 
NEW JERSEY: The Star Ledger looks at how Jon Corzine's and Chris Christie's backgrounds not in politics has helped and definitely hurt. CUNY political psychologist Stanley Renshon says, "They're lucky they're running against each other." Republican strategist Roger Stone says, "They each achieved success and prominence in a slightly different realm ... and those don't necessarily lend themselves to politics." Corzine, the Star-Ledger writes, has allowed himself to be attacked for lacking "the fire for a role that never suited him in the first place." But "Christie's mouth can also get him in trouble," as when he got in an "on-air shouting match with the hosts of the 'Jersey Guys' radio show" during the Republican primary. Bottom line: "Moving from the outside world to the byzantine and often brutal scene of New Jersey politics ... it helps to have spent time in the system, building relationships." 
 
VIRGINIA: Lately, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has been talking a lot about his hometown… both of them. He's emphasizing his roots in Northern Virginia (with campaign literature sent out in NoVA labeling McDonnell "a governor that Fairfax county families can be proud to call their own." In another mailer, however, he "touts himself as a 'governor Virginia beach can be proud to call our own.'" So which is it? "McDonnell grew up in Fairfax, represented Virginia Beach in the General Assembly for 14 years and then moved to Henrico when he was elected attorney general in 2005."