A spokeswoman for Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett sent an e-mail to House leadership aides arguing that the GOP is "not playing this right," in regard to the protracted debate over extending the payroll tax cut.
The spokeswoman, Lisa Wright, was quoting a 77-year-old constituent who is upset about the House GOP’s decision to delay a vote on a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut in order to hold out for a one-year break. The e-mail was sent to staffers for Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
The e-mail, first reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, comes as a growing number of Republicans have joined Democrats in pressuring House leaders to vote on a two-month extension that passed with bipartisan support in the Senate.
Bartlett will face what may be the most challenging reelection of his 10-term career next year after Democrats in Annapolis redrew the boundaries of the 6th Congressional District.
"Working people and seniors are both upset – it's the seniors' opposition that will hurt GOPers most," Wright wrote in the e-mail. She said she was paraphrasing the constituent's assessment.