Democrats today are launching a flurry of robocalls charging two Republican San Joaquin Valley congressmen with contemplating shutting down the government and withholding financial support to implement the new federal health care law.
The automated calls targeting Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and David Valadao, R-Hanford, implore the recipients to ask their representatives to "stop the nonsense and focus on common sense solutions that protect our health care and grow our economy."
In a statement Tuesday, Valadao said he strongly opposed a government shutdown.
"The federal government has a responsibility to seniors who depend on Social Security and Medicare. Most importantly, we must fulfill commitments to those in the military and their families," he said.
"Congress should continue to debate the problems facing this country, including ObamaCare, with the intent on finding solutions and compromise, but we should not hold the most vulnerable, our military, and our economy hostage."
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's paid effort continues through the end of the week and mirrors a nationwide attempt to target vulnerable incumbents. The calls come as top Democrats in Washington predict a protracted fight to avert a partial government shutdown come Oct. 1.
PHOTO: Then-state Sen. Jeff Denham attends a presentation of seven housing bills by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Merced on Monday, October 19, 2009, THe Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.
Editor's note: This post was updated at 3:40 to reflect Valadao's statement.