House Majority PAC hits Rep. Joyce with crying baby ad

October 4, 2013

House Majority PAC, the super PAC working to elect Democrats to the House, on Thursday launched an unusual ad attacking Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) on the shutdown.

The ad features a close-up of a crying toddler as a narrator charges, “Congressman Dave Joyce didn’t get his way on shutting down health care reform. So, he shut down the government and hurt the economy.”

The ad urges viewers to go to and sign a petition to tell the congressman “the shutdown was wrong.”

“When Dave Joyce didn’t get his way, he decided to throw a temper tantrum and shut down the federal government,” said Andy Stone, communications director for House Majority PAC. “Northeast Ohioans deserve better than Joyce’s childlike behavior and political gamesmanship with the economy.”

The Joyce ad is part of a series released Thursday attacking HMP’s top nine GOP targets for the shutdown. Polling shows a majority of Americans oppose the shutdown, and blame Republicans for the tactic, and Democrats believe it could be a political winner for them in next year’s midterms.

Along with Joyce, HMP is hitting Reps. Gary Miller (Calif.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Joe Heck (Nev.), John Kline (Minn.) and Steve Southerland (Fla.) with search and, for some of the congressman, television ads.