National Democrats continue to target Martha Roby’s seat in 2018

Martha Roby

Despite a major loss in the recent Georgia special election national Democrats are still actively working to find a path to flip the U.S. House in 2018.

Earlier this year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) identified Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby as their sole target in the Yellowhammer State in their efforts to flip the House.

Now, six months later — with the next general election being over a year and a half away — the DCCC is continuing to attack her every move, in hopes of capitalizing on any perceived vulnerabilities.

When Senate Republicans unveiled their version of an Obamacare repeal bill last week, they saw it was the perfect opportunity to make another statement against Roby. Despite coming from the upper chamber, the DCCC is claiming the bill is only moving forward because “Rep. Martha Roby and House Republicans voted for a bill that would take health care away from millions.”

“If Martha Roby thought the Senate would make this health care bill less painful for Alabama families, she was wrong. The Senate didn’t save Martha Roby,” said DCCC spokesperson Cole Leiter in his second statement made against Roby in past five days. “This horrific Repeal and Ripoff bill would not be headed to a vote in the Senate now if Roby had not voted for a bill that rips insurance from 23 million Americans, raises premiums, slaps an age tax on Americans over 50, and destroys protections for people with preexisting conditions. Martha Roby already made her bed and now she has to lie in it.”

Despite the left’s attacks, Roby’s not shying away from her support to repeal and replace Obamacare, which has consistently pointed out is hurting her constituents. In fact, she visited the Oval Office last month and pledged her support to President Donald Trump to help build support for repeal and replace in the House.

“Washington Democrats should have learned from recent elections that preserving Obamacare isn’t a winning message in Alabama. Our state has suffered average premium increases of more than 200 percent under this law – the highest in the country. Rep. Roby is working with the Trump Administration and her colleagues to repeal this deeply flawed law and replace it with a health care system that lowers costs, increases access, and isn’t run by the government,” said Emily Taylor, Rep. Roby’s spokeswoman.

Roby won her fourth term to Congress in November when she defeated Democrat Nathan Mathis 49-41 percent. Her victory was by smaller-than-expected margins following backlash for speaking out against now-President Trump. Roby had been among the first Republican Members of Congress to stand her ground and say she would not vote for Trump following the release of the “Access Hollywood” videotape where he was recorded making crude comments about women.

While Roby may have disagreed with the way Trump talked about women, she has since said she has “consistently supported President Trump’s policy initiatives and has said time and again that she wants our president to be successful.”