Dems place ads accusing Reps. Bill Young, Steve Southerland of taking five-week “vacation”

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An unfavorable Congress has put the House minority party on the offensive, says Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times, with 15-second attack ads placed against GOP Reps. Bill Young and Steve Southerland.

The radio spots, sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, claim Southerland is on “a five-week taxpayer-funded vacation instead of working to create jobs.”

Of course, Democrats are on the same vacation schedule.

According to Southerland, he will remain active with his constituents during his summer “vacation” in his Second Congressional District, which covers much of the eastern part of the Panhandle and the Emerald coast.

Among the events Southerland plans for August: meeting with residents regarding job creation, present two public town hall meetings, host a roundtable discussion with local farmers to discuss policy and tour several local businesses in a number of counties. 

“It’s unfortunate that the same Washington insiders who have derailed House efforts to foster job growth are the ones now belittling the importance of meeting with our constituents about these issues back home,” spokesperson Matt McCullough told the Times.

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