U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland’s vote to keep the government closed, allowing the United States to default, could have repercussions for the north Florida Republican, who is now facing a critical TV ad saying he “should be ashamed.”
“Their Games” will run for two weeks in Tallahassee, at a cost of $70,000. The ad’s funder, House Majority PAC, questions Southerland’s decision supporting the shutdown, which the Tallahassee Democrat called “inexplicable.”
The TV spot accuses Southerland of playing politics by choosing economic turmoil, elimination of retirement accounts and job losses over a bipartisan plan to reopen the government and save the country from becoming a “deadbeat” on its bills.
Despite the economic damage Southerland’s decision would have produced, the ad says he still received his taxpayer-funded $174,000 salary, even calling it “not so much.”
“Steve Southerland’s reckless Tea Party government shutdown cost our economy $24 billion, yet rather than back a bipartisan plan to end this manmade debacle, Southerland actually voted to drive our nation off an economic cliff,” House Majority PAC Communications Director Andy Stone said in a press release issued today.
“The jobs, retirement accounts and wellbeing of families, seniors and veterans in north and northwest Florida apparently didn’t merit Steve Southerland’s concern – even though Southerland was still getting his taxpayer-funded salary,” Stone adds.
Across the state, voters are calling out Southerland for his vote against the bipartisan compromise reopening the government and ensuring the U.S. pays its bills.
- Southerland “put our nation’s economy and good standing in the international community at risk,” writes the Tallahassee Democrat.
- “You don’t have to be a Jedi master to have foreseen” the outcome of the GOP shutdown, says the Panama City Herald, which compared the situation the Titanic.
Here’s the ad: