The Washington Times - January 31, 2011, 11:26AM

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday released a partial list of 25 Republican-held congressional seats the party thinks it can reclaim in 2012.

As part of a campaign called the “Drive to 25,” the DCCC will be running radio ads, web ads, automated phone calls, live calls and e-mails those districts this week.


Interestingly, in the wake of recent criticism of candidates using martial language and imagery in referring to political contests, the item is posted on the DCCC web site under the headline “DCCC launches ‘Drive to 25’ ad & grassroots campaign in targeted districts.”

The list released today includes 19 districts and is heavy with freshmen and Tea Party favorites who swept into office last November on a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment, including Rep. Blake Farenthold, Texas-27; Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania-11; and Robert Hurt, Virginia-5.

The ads, which began airing during drive time Monday, in some cases are customized to target specific congressmen, such Pennsylvania’s Mike Fitzgerald:

“Did you know Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is under an ethics investigation for skipping his swearing-in to attend a fundraiser at the Capitol? Tell Fitzpatrick it’s time to get to work for us,” the ad’s text reads.

The complete list:

— Lou Barletta (PA-11)

— Charlie Ball (NH-02)

— Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)

— Steve Chabot (OH-01)

— Chip Cravaack (MN-08)

— Robert Dold (IL-10)

— Sean Duffy (WI-07)

— Blake Farenhold (TX-27)

— Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

— Nan Hayworth (NY-19)

— Joe Heck (NV-03)

— Robert Hurt (VA-05)

— Thad McCotter (MI-11)

— Patrick Meehan (PA-07)

— Dave Reichert (WA-08)

— David Rivera (FL-25)

— Jon Runyan (NJ-03)

— Joe Walsh (IL-08)

— Allen West (FL-22)