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U.S. Chamber TV ads take aim at Frankel, Nelson on health care

by 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!”

41 Responses to “U.S. Chamber TV ads take aim at Frankel, Nelson on health care”

  1. daphne maxwell Says:

    …this from the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2008..

    The assembly, in unanimous vote, backed a resolution calling for the enactment of the “United States National Health Insurance Act,” H.R. 676. The bill, which is also known as the “Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act,”

    “It shows that our country’s mayors now support the kind of approach that every other industrialized country has – an approach that guarantees health care for everyone at an affordable cost,”

    “Mayors, in a very real sense, are closer to the people than most elected officials,” … “They are closer to the grassroots, where their communities and constituents are suffering…

    The resolution was introduced by Mayor Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach, Fla., and six other mayors from Baltimore to Santa Cruz, Calif. Frankel worked in cooperation with the statewide advocacy group Floridians for Health Care and the national group Healthcare-Now.

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a nonpartisan organization of mayors representing cities with a population of 30,000 or more.

    FRANKEL’S FOR US! WE need her!!

  2. Tax the Rich Says:

    Just donated to Lois.

    Thank God for Democrats.

    We need more, many more, Democrats in Congress to look out for the PEOPLE of the Florida and not the multinational corporations who only care about their profit margin and don’t give a damn about what the people are going through on the ground here.

  3. Thomas Says:

    So the US Dept. of Commerce is using taxpayer money to campaign against those who don’t support their agenda. Doesn’t anyone see a problem with this?

  4. LUCKY CITY Says:


  5. ozmo Says:

    Look for the Chamber of Commerce sign on the door of the business you support, then walk in and tell them you will longer shop at their store. Let them know that the Chamber is a right wing anti-middle class political financial thug organization. I’ve been doing this for years.

  6. Sarcasm Says:

    Obviously none of the above posters lived in West Palm Beach. Lois says one thing to get votes, then does what she “thinks is best” and everyone be damned. Ask me about the $188 million City Centre that the Supreme Court ruled she had no right to build without voter approval. It was more than 50% built and the money spent by the time the court had a chance to rule—AGAINST LOIS FRANKEL. She’s gone and the residents are left to pay the bonds for that monstrosity that only 25% of the building is being used after all the lay-offs.

  7. kelly Says:

    Thomas, the US Chamber of Commerce is a business lobby. The US Dept of Commerce is a government agency. Not the same.

  8. Idiots for Lois Says:

    Love the first posts, clueless! If those are Lois voters then CD22 is about to come back home to the Republicans. The issue is the economy and the Frankel record on that is dismal.

  9. Idiots for Lois Says:

    One more thing. Hasner must be laughing at all this. Lois is so busy trying to make it sound Jacobs is a non issue that she might not make it to November. Hey Lois, watch your flank, you have a smarter, prettier and better Dem who is running a much smarter campaign than you are.

  10. clown Says:

    Frankelll is a careeer poooper in the Govt Feedbag…..won’t she just go away…WPB never wanted her. She pushed through a 180 million dollar city hall rip job that should of had VOTER APPROVAL…but shen denied that right? Now who is going to pay for that big empty ugly building that Mooio and the clowns are bouncing in now?

  11. Eric Says:

    Did anyone tell Lois that there’s no money left to spend in Washington?>

    The party is almost over.

  12. @ Eric Says:

    Where ever there are developers and lobbyists, there is money. And that is where you’ll find Lois. Term limited in WPB or she’d still be feeding at the trough.

  13. resident Says:

    lois the closet lesbian proposed a 50 million dollar city hall that ended up costing a 150 million. lois hired her then girfiend joan goldburg in a non advertized job.south fla already has the corrupt alcee hastings. as a lifelong democrat even i can not hold my nose and vote for lois the disgrace frankel

  14. Research Says:

    Vote for anyone you wish, but do your own research on Frankel. Do not read information from the main stream media, go to West Palm Beach publications and get the direct information. Her and Grayson are cut form the same lunatic cloth. Frankel will say anything for a vote, but she definately thinks she knows better than regular working people. Typical Democratic elitist.

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