U.S. Chamber TV ads take aim at Frankel, Nelson on health careby George Bennett | May 9th, 2012
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a Florida ad campaign that targets Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Democratic congressional hopefuls Lois Frankel and Alan Grayson on health care.
The Chamber wouldn’t reveal what it’s spending, but Chamber Political Director Rob Engstrom said it will be “enough resources to be able to move public opinion in a significant way.”
Nelson and Grayson voted for the federal health care law in 2010. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed 53 percent of Florida voters want Congress to repeal it.
When former West Palm Beach mayor Frankel announced her candidacy last year, she wouldn’t say whether she would have voted for the health care law. The Chamber ad highlights Frankel’s straddle, then points out she submitted a resolution to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2008 supporting a single-payer national health insurance plan.
The anti-Nelson ads will air in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and in the Panhandle but not in South Florida.
The anti-Frankel spots will run on broadcast and cable TV in the West Palm Beach market, but not the pricier Miami/Fort Lauderdale market. Frankel is running for a Palm Beach-Broward congressional seat against fellow Democrat Kristin Jacobs. The winner will face Republican Adam Hasner.
Frankel, asked to respond to the Chamber ad, said today that she would have voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
“I strongly support health care reform and believe everybody should have access to quality health care. While not perfect, I would have supported the Health Care Reform Bill,” Frankel said in a statement released by her campaign. “Unlike my Tea Party opponent, Adam Hasner, I do not want to go back to a world where people are rejected for pre-existing conditions, where women are discriminated against and pay more than men for care, or students can’t stay on their parents insurance until they are 26. I do think the bill should have included a public option, and I will fight for that as a way to improve it. There are things we can fix in this bill, but we can’t turn back the clock on the progress we’ve made and return to partisan bickering.”
Frankel’s campaign has already incorporated the Chamber ads in a new fundraising appeal.
“We can’t let the extremists and the powerful special interests buy this election,” says an e-mail to Frankel supporters titled “Outside Groups Attack!”