DCCC ad attacks Steve Southerland for forgetting who he works for

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A two-hour flight from Florida to Washington D.C. is all U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland needs to forget who he works for, says a new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ad launching today in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

In the 30-second spot called “Flight Time,” the Panama City Republican is accused of “losing touch” with North Floridians, in order to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. The DCCC calls it “just another example proving how Congressman Southerland’s Washington Way,” something that represents everything North Floridians hate about Congress.

“A $200,000 tax break for them, forcing a $3,000 tax increase on Florida’s middle class,” the ad goes. “Steve Southerland. He’s not on your side.”

Southerland faces Democrat Gwen Graham, daughter of former governor Bob Graham, for the district for the district covering Tallahassee and Panama City, as well as the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle.

The National Republican Congressional Committee responded to the ad by pointing out Southerland’s efforts to “solve problems in Congress.”

“Nancy Pelosi’s campaign arm in Washington will do anything to have its handpicked candidate Gwen Graham elected to Congress,” said NRCC Spokesperson Katie Prill. “Gwen Graham has been promising Pelosi and the extreme liberal Democrat caucus in D.C. that she will be a solid vote for Pelosi’s job-destroying agenda. That’s not the North Florida way.”

“Flight Time” is also available on YouTube.


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