Gwen Graham releases two ads blasting false claims by Steve Southerland

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False attacks from Republican Congressman Steve Southerland’s are coming under fire in two new ads released today by Democratic challenger Gwen Graham.

“One thing about Congressman Steve Southerland” Graham says. “He’ll say just about anything to get reelected.”

Graham and Southerland are locked in a tight race for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

The new 30-second spots highlight the Republican incumbent’s lies, and makes clear that Graham never voted for Obamacare and does not support cuts to Medicare. Instead, Graham promises to work with both Republicans and Democrats to end Congressional dysfunction.

“Take Obamacare,” she says. “I wasn’t in Congress when they voted on Obamacare. And both parties got it wrong.”

Graham calls for Congress to try “common sense solutions for a change.”

In addition, the Democrat from Tallahassee has consistently called for incremental fixes to Obamacare, which includes the Republican “Keep Your Health Plan Act” which guarantee consumers can keep their healthcare plan if they liked it.

She opposes cuts to Medicare, and pledges to protect the program.

Southerland, Graham says, has changed his position after a recent clip surfaced of the two-term GOP incumbent admitting he purchased Obamacare insurance on the DC Marketplace.

Through the marketplace, Southerland enjoyed the same “special privileges” (taxpayer-funded healthcare subsidies), the same reason he voted to shut down the government last October and to end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits and raise seniors’ out-of-pocket costs by thousands.

 “One Thing” and “Period” are both available on YouTube.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.