Five Florida Republicans are about to find themselves under increased fire from the campaign organization for House Democrats, Roll Call reports via The News Service of Florida. U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, David Rivera, Steve Southerland, Daniel Webster and Bill Young will be targeted as part of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Accountability August” campaign, designed to use the summer lull in political action to smack the incumbents over their votes to revamp Medicare and their opposition to President Barack Obama’s calls to roll back some tax breaks.
Over the next month, the campaign will target 44 Republicans with some combination of radio ads, billboards, gas station advertising, community meetings, door-to-door canvasses, phone banks, virtual phone banks and automated calls. It also features a website: MillionairesOverMedicare.com.
Democrats need to gain 25 seats to retake the House. Their efforts to defeat Southerland, a tea party-backed freshman, took a hit this week when former Republican state Sen. Nancy Argenziano briefly threw her hat in the ring as a Democrat — only to find out that the new elections law approved by the GOP-dominated Legislature apparently bars her from changing her Independent party affiliation and still be eligible for office.
Still, Florida is an attractive state for both parties because it is set to gain two seats in the House, and because some redistricting could give some incumbents a batch of new voters who aren’t familiar with them.