Looking ahead to the congressional elections, Democrats and Republicans exchanged shots in the Sunshine State, placing their first chips down as they gear up for 2020.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released a digital ad, hitting 25 Republicans in the U.S. House for the continued partial federal shutdown.
“In its first digital ad campaign of the cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today announced digital ads hitting 25 vulnerable House Republicans who have consistently refused to put our national security before their own partisan agenda by voting against reopening the government. This ad campaign, backed by a significant digital ad buy, will begin on Friday, when members of the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, TSA, and federal law enforcement will miss their second paycheck in a row,” the DCCC noted on Friday.
Among the 25 Republicans targeted in the ad are Florida U.S. Reps. Brian Mast and Ross Spano.
“When you work hard to keep our country safe, you should receive your paycheck, period,” said Cole Leiter, a spokesman for the DCCC. “But now, workers who risk their lives everyday are about to miss another paycheck as Republicans in Washington continue to play games with the lives of hardworking Americans, and their families’ livelihoods and financial security. Republicans’ recklessness threatens our national security, and it’s critical that voters know exactly who is putting Americans’ lives at risk in pursuit of a wasteful and deeply unpopular partisan agenda.”
Over on the other side of the aisle, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) took aim at two freshmen Democrats who in November flipped South Florida seats that had been held by Republicans.
Camille Gallo, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, tore into South Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala after the Miami Herald reported that they posed with actor Danny Glover. Gallo pointed to Glover’s praise of the Castro regime in Cuba and the Maduro regime in Venezuela.
“What were they thinking? South Florida Congresswomen Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell are getting ripped apart by the Miami Herald for posing in a picture with known Maduro and Castro sympathizer, Danny Glover,” Gallo noted on Thursday. “Definitely not a good look for Shalala and Mucarsel-Powell who represent thousands of Cuban and Venezuelan exiles who have suffered under these violent regimes.”