U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan has released a new TV spot that attempts to saddle Democratic challenger Keith Fitzgerald with the prospect of Rep. Nancy Pelosi again being elected speaker of the House.
Here's the spot:
Here's the press release from the Buchanan campaign:
SARASOTA -- The Buchanan campaign launched anew TV ad today highlighting Democrat Keith Fitzgerald's support for the failed economic policies of Nancy Pelosi, including Medicare cuts, tax hikes and the wasteful $800 billion stimulus. The ad also scolds Fitzgerald for running a relentlessly negative campaign that has been knocked by the media for "misleading" ads and by a local charity for "dishonestly" attacking Buchanan. If elected, Fitzgerald's first vote in Congress would be to elect Nancy Pelosi as speaker.
The ad highlights Fitzgerald's public support for the Affordable Care Act, which according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office raided $716 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. A recent study confirmed that Sarasota and Manatee counties will be among the hardest hit in the nation by Medicare cuts contained in the President's national health care law. ObamaCare also includes at least 20 new taxes or tax increases on American families and employers.
Fitzgerald also publicly endorsed the failed economic stimulus which cost taxpayers $278,000 for every job created.
Nancy Pelosi has donated $14,000 to Keith Fitzgerald's campaign.
UPDATED, 1:15 p.m. -- The Fitzgerald campaign responds with its own press release :
The Buchanan campaign is operating in an alternate reality, where Keith Fitzgerald has cut Medicare and Vern Buchanan supports the middle class.Here on earth, the facts are simple:- There’s only one candidate in this race who’s voted to cut $716 billion from Medicare and that’s incumbent Congressman Vern Buchanan.- There’s only one candidate in this race who’s voted to cut Medicaid funding for nursing homes, and that’s incumbent Congressman Vern Buchanan.- There’s only one candidate in this race who’s voted for unbalanced budgetsand that’s incumbent Congressman Vern Buchanan.- There’s only one candidate in this race who’s sponsored a bill to redefine rapeand that’s incumbent Congressman Vern Buchanan.- There’s only one candidate in this race who’s under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics and that’s incumbent Congressman Vern Buchanan.Instead of defending his record, Congressman Vern Buchanan spends time in Washington raising money from special interests and producing new misleading ads attacking Keith Fitzgerald.In the Buchanan campaign’s next trip to earth, hopefully Vern will stop by Sarasota and Manatee counties to explain his votes against the middle class.