Hey, U.S. Chamber, Ben Nelson cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, not Bill Nelson

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An Orlando television station, WESH, last night aired an examination of claims by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in its ad distorting Sen. Bill Nelson’s record on Medicare and health reform – and, declared the ad is false and full of distortions.  The Chamber’s ad even mistakes Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson for Florida’s Bill Nelson in accusing (Bill) Nelson of casting the “deciding vote” on health reform, WESH reported.

Published news accounts, including The New York Times and CNN, reveal Ben Nelson — not Bill Nelson –“cast the deciding 60th vote” to break a GOP filibuster on health care reform.

The Orlando TV station’s findings come in the wake of a request this week by lawyers for [ Bill ] Nelson that stations in Florida pull the ad because it is flat-out false and grossly distorts the senator’s record.  The ad is being paid for by undisclosed corporate dollars.

Here’s the concluding line of last night’s WESH examination of the ad:  “The name of this ad is Nightmare, but the Chamber is simply dreaming if it expects to get away with these distortions.”

WESH, the NBC affiliate in Central Florida, now joins PolitiFact and FactCheck.org in exposing false claims and mistakes in the Chamber’s ad.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.