Dems target Domino and Turnquest with web ads, robocalls blasting Ryan budgetby George Bennett | April 7th, 2014
With House Republicans expected to vote this week on Budget Chairman Paul Ryan‘s spending blueprint, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is paying for web ads and robocalls that single out two of the six Republicans running for the nationally targeted Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat of freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.
Former state Rep. Carl Domino and former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest are the targets of “Don’t Sell Out The Middle Class” web ads that launched last week and automated phone calls beginning today.
“Republicans in Congress are trying to sell you out so that they can help their wealthy contributors. And Carl Domino wants to be part of the problem,” says the script for one of the pre-recorded phone calls.
The DCCC isn’t revealing how much it’s spending on the campaign, but the effort is noteworthy in two respects:
1. It suggests that Democrats view Domino and Turnquest as the candidates with the best chance of winning the GOP primary, which also features former Connecticut legislator Alan Schlesinger, nurse Bevery Hires, former police officer Nick Wukoson and software developer Brian Lara.
2. With President Barack Obama and the Democratic health care law getting low approval ratings, the ads reflect the desire of Democrats to find an issue that puts Republicans on the defensive. Ryan’s proposal to shift Medicare to a premium-support program for future retirees has been unpopular in the past.
Domino and Turnquest last week said they hadn’t read Ryan’s budget proposal and weren’t familiar enough with it to comment.