Gwen Graham calls latest NRCC ad “sad,” announces new TV spot

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Gwen Graham has one word to say about the latest attempt to attack her by the  National Republican Congressional Committee.

She calls it “sad.”

The ad, released Tuesday by the NRCC, focuses on Graham’s support of Obamacare.

At the same time, Graham, a Tallahassee Democrat, announced plans to broadcast another new TV spot – called “Important”— that will begin running today in the Panama City market.

Graham faces Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland in North Florida’s Second Congressional District, which includes Tallahassee, Panama City and the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle.

“When something is this important, you deserve to hear it directly from me,” Graham says in the 30-second ad. “Steve Southerland’s attacks on me are ridiculous. Obamacare has got to be changed so it works for North Florida.”

In a statement, Graham said that from the beginning her goal was to fix Obamacare and that she is the only House challenger to support the Republican “Keep Your Health Plan Act,” a measure guaranteeing that consumers can keep their health plan if they liked it. She added that as recently as last week, she offered specific fixes to the law.

“It’s sad that Congressman Southerland and his allies continue to rely on false claims and smears to try to trick voters,” said Graham Communications Director Eric Conrad.

“But what do you expect from a Washington politician who has consistently voted time after time to go back to the days of allowing insurance companies to cancel coverage when customers get sick, force women to pay more than men for the same coverage, and make seniors pay thousands more for prescriptions.”

“Important” is now available on YouTube.

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