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July 18, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Oops! NRCC warns DelBene of failing ‘Illinois voters’

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) regularly fires off boilerplate attacks on Democratic members of Congress, including Washington’s rookie U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene.

So this was probably bound to happen.

On Thursday, the NRCC emailed a news release ripping DelBene for failing to join an anti-Obamacare vote taken by the U.S. House of Representatives. The release warned that “in 2014, Illinois voters will know that Suzan DelBene would rather help big business than help them.”

Yep, Illinois voters.

To be fair, the release did get DelBene’s geography correct in a headline and elsewhere in the text.

Albeit clumsily, the NRCC was hitting DelBene for voting against a Republican measure to delay the Affordable Care Act’s controversial “individual mandate,” which will require most individuals to purchase health insurance by next year or pay a tax penalty.

The latest House GOP attack on the law came after the Obama administration announced it would delay other provisions of the law that require businesses to provide health coverage to workers. DelBene was one of 35 Democrats to join Republicans in voting to codify that delay — the potential contradiction the NRCC was trying to point out.

DelBene represents Washington’s new 1st Congressional District, which stretches from North King County to the Canadian border. The district was drawn to be competitive and Republicans are seeking candidates to challenge the former Microsoft executive in next year’s midterm elections.

DelBene spokesman Viet Shelton joked in an email:  “I suppose the NRCC makes a reasonable point. DelBene does indeed prioritize Washington voters over Illinois voters. She hopes the people of Illinois are not terribly offended by this.”

The NRCC did not immediately respond to an email for comment.

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