Pelosi ties threaten to sink John Spratt

By Jessica Taylor, Politico

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The combination of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama is casting a colossal shadow over Democrat John Spratt’s reelection campaign, and the 28-year House veteran all but acknowledges that, as a result, he is facing the toughest election test of his career.

While the president is unpopular in rural South Carolina’s 5th District, it’s hard to compare with the off-the-charts animosity toward Pelosi — sentiment that is regularly stoked by a deluge of television ads, paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee and outside groups. There are ads noting that the House Budget Committee chairman votes with the speaker 98 percent of the time, decrying “Pelosi’s energy tax” and even one that shows Spratt doing the cancan alongside Pelosi.

When the NRCC went on the air against Spratt in early September, the spot claimed that “since Nancy Pelosi took over, he’s become a rubber stamp.” And the ad’s tagline drives home the point again, in case anyone missed it: “He’s not our congressman anymore; he works for her.”

On a recent Saturday morning, the anti-Pelosi vibe was unmistakable at a huge picnic fundraiser sponsored by its main beneficiary: Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, Spratt’s challenger.

More than 600 people trekked to Whitesell Farms for the event, some of whom came carrying red “Fire Pelosi” signs.

The ones who brought children could distract them with the anti-Pelosi-themed carnival games, such as the “Soak Pelosi” station, where kids could line up to take aim at a target and, if they hit the mark, drench a man dressed in a wig and pearls, posing as the House speaker.

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