By Keith Laing - 06/14/12 06:09 PM ET
A pair of Republican highway conference members that have been targeted by an advertising campaign by construction groups said Thursday that the political ads have helped galvanize support in their districts for their positions in the contentious negotiations.
The Washington, D.C.-based Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) said this week it was running ads arguing in favor of Congress reaching a compromise on the transportation bill targeting Reps. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio).
But Lankford and Southerland, who are both freshmen lawmakers, said Thursday that the advertisements had raised the profile among their constituents about the disagreements between the chambers on the transportation funding measure
"I've yet to have a person hang up and not say stick your guns," Lankford said in a conference call with reporters. "I'm quite please that they're running these ads against us because they've emboldened our base." FULL ARTICLE
Thu, June 14, 2012
by John Cox