File this one under the “you knew this was coming” category.

The DCCC has launched a round of robocalls aimed at 50 “vulnerable” incumbent GOP House members or congressional challengers, seeking to link them to the controversial budget plan created and championed by Mitt Romney’s newly-minted vice presidential contender, Rep. Paul Ryan.

The Democrats’ target list includes three New York freshmen – Reps. Nan Hayworth, Ann Marie Buerkle and Chris Gibson – and two top tier GOP candidates: Randy Altschuler (challenging Rep. Tim Bishop in NY-1) and Matt Doheny (challenging Rep. Bill Owens in NY-21).

Interestingly, Gibson voted “yes” on the first version of Ryan’s budget, using the now-standard GOP “strengthen and preserve, not overhaul” explanation, but then voted “no” on the retooled version that was put on the House floor this year, earning him a “flip-flopper” charge from his Democratic opponent, Julian Schreibman.

This latest round of calls is part of the DCCC’s “Drive to 25” program, which is designed to help the Democrats reach their goal of re-taking 25 seats this November to re-claim the majority. Democratic leaders – including DCCC Chairman Steve Israel – were thrilled when Romney picked Ryan, seeing his budget plan as a wedge issue they could employ in congressional races all over the country.

Here’s a sample robo script:

“Hi. This is Julie calling from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to alert you to a new development about Medicare. Your Congresswoman, Ann Marie Buerkle, voted for a budget that would end Medicare and now the budget’s architect, Paul Ryan, is the Republican candidate for Vice President.”

A nonpartisan analysis showed that Ryan’s budget would raise health care costs for seniors by $6,400. The Tax Policy Center also said the Ryan budget would give people making over $1 million a year an average tax break of $265,000. And Congresswoman Buerkle supported all of it.”

“That’s just wrong. Call Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle at 315-423-5657 and tell her to stop protecting millionaires at the expense of Medicare and the middle class.”

NOTE: What’s with the use of the generic name “Julie” in political ads and robos these days? That was also the make-believe daughter’s name in the radio ad released by congressional candidate/Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin yesterday.