Democrats are vowing to target House Republicans in tough reelection races who allegedly switched their votes to ensure a measure to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community wouldn’t pass.
Four of the seven Republicans accused of changing their votes after arm-twisting from GOP leaders are considered particularly vulnerable in the general election this fall.
A list circulated by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) office pointed to Reps. Jeff Denham (Calif.), Darrell Issa (Calif.), David Valadao (Calif.), Mimi Walters (Calif.), Greg Walden (Ore.), Bruce Poliquin (Maine) and David Young (Iowa) as the Republicans who switched sides.
According to a Democratic leadership aide, they were able to identify which Republicans changed votes using a computer on the floor that prints updates of vote results as they occur. Democrats were able to compare the printouts to see who switched positions.