May 24–U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, is one of the targets of a national political advertising campaign criticizing lawmakers who voted for the massive, $1.3 trillion federal spending plan approved earlier this year.
The online, radio, newspaper and direct-mail ads, along with mailers to voters, were unveiled Thursday by Americans For Prosperity, the conservative-libertarian group associated with the billionaire Koch brothers.
They’re scheduled to kick off during next week’s congressional recess, when many members of Congress will be in their home districts.
The campaign is somewhat unusual. It’s going after both Republicans and Democrats, and it involves spending against lawmakers who have tough re-election races in 2018 and others who are seen as likely winners.
Besides Wasserman Schultz, AFP is also running ads against U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, and U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee.
Several candidates have lined up to challenge Wasserman Schultz in the 23rd Congressional District that includes most of southwestern and southeastern Broward and northeastern Miami-Dade County. But independent ratings from Cook Political Report, Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia and Inside Elections all rate the district as safely Democratic.
Murphy’s district leans Democratic, but not as strongly as Wasserman Schultz. Rooney isn’t running for re-election.
AFP is calls its effort a “major accountability campaign” that will run across the country with spending in the six-figures. A representative declined to say more specifically how much the organization is spending.
The effort will “hold lawmakers accountable” if they voted for the spending bill and thank those “who have protected taxpayers from wasteful spending.”
Chris Hudson, AFP’s Florida director, said in a statement that the lawmakers being highlighted “once touted the need for reining in our enormous deficits, but their vote for this enormous spending bill showed their calls for fiscal prudence were really a façade. Our country faces a large and growing fiscal problem, but this does not mean lawmakers should try to spend its way out of Washington’s dysfunction.”
Three Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination to challenge Wasserman Schultz: Joe Kauffman, Carlos Reyes and Carla Spalding.
Two no party affiliation candidates, Tim Canova and Don Endriss, are also running.
This article provided by NewsEdge.