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Diaz-Balarts targeted for opposing economic stimulus plan

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going after 28 Republicans with radio ads bashing them for opposing the economic stimulus package.

Among those targeted: Miami Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart, St. Pete's Bill Young and newly-elected Tom Rooney. All four represent districts where Dems believe they could have a shot in 2010.

The DCCC says the ads "focus on the Republicans out of step priorities by putting bank bail outs and building schools in Iraq before the needs of the Americans in the struggling economy." They begin airing during drive time Tuesday and run for a week.

The DCCC says it will also launch a grassroots initiative -- e-mails to 3 million voters and nearly 100,000 phone calls.

"The Putting Families First campaign is only the first step, we will continue to go district by district to hold Republicans who continue to vote in lockstep with party leaders and against the folks in their districts accountable.," said DCCC executive director Brian Wolff.

Both Diaz-Balarts said in releases they support a stimulus package -- but not the one crafted by Democrats. (Not a single House Republican voted for the bill)

Lincoln Diaz-Balart said the $825 billion bill called for just $30 billion for road and highway projects, less than 4 percent of the total cost of the bill.

"Florida alone has nearly $7 billion worth of projects waiting for funding to break ground," his office noted. "The American people are looking to us for relief. Unfortunately the majority leadership has wasted an historic opportunity to create jobs by providing little in infrastructure spending compared to the overall size of the legislation," he said.

"At this time I cannot support a bill with little accountability and oversight that does not stimulate our economy, create enough jobs, or invest in our nation’s infrastructure,” said Mario Diaz-Balart.