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12th Congressional District Candidate Paula Brooks Gets Boost From Democratic Party

The national Democratic Party says it's targeting the seat held by Ohio Representative Pat Tiberi in its new Red to Blue campaign.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue campaign will assist certain candidates in their races to unseat House Republicans. Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks is one of those candidates. She's challenging incumbent Republican Pat Tiberi for Ohio's 12th District seat. Brooks says her inclusion in Red to Blue marks a campaign milestone.

"What this says it that people are aware that we need a change," Brooks says. "They are also frankly very strongly behind me and they realize that my campaign has the traction we need to win in November."

The DCCC hopes the Red to Blue designation will help Brooks and 12 other Democratic candidates raise money.

Republicans dismiss the news. Greg Blair, deputy press secretary at the National Republican Congressional Committee, calls it a desperate move.

"This is kind of a Hail Mary pass by the Democrats to trump up a 2nd rate candidate against the congressman, Pat Tiberi, who's been a tireless fighter for Central Ohio jobs," Blair says.