Tampa Bay Dem US House candidates seize on Paul Ryan
In a sign of what we're likely to see a lot of over the next three months, Democratic congressional candidates Jessica Ehrlich, challenging CW Bill Young in Pinellas, and Keith Fitzgerald, challenging Vern Buchanan in the Sarasota area, held a conference call today aiming to wrap the Ryan budget plan around the incumbents' necks.
Ehrlich: "Bill Young's vote to end Medicare as we know it is just another indication that he's out of touch and has become part of the problem in Washington. With Ryan arriving in Tampa Bay, Young should have to answer why he supported this extreme agenda which guts the vital programs middle class families rely on in order to give tax breaks for millionaires and special interests -- but does nothing to grow our economy or help businesses create jobs. The residents of the Tampa area are tired of these broken politics from Congressman Young, and ready for new leadership who will be a strong voice for middle class families"
Fitzgerald: "The Buchanan-Ryan budget will hurt Florida's middle class families and do nothing to grow our economy and help businesses create jobs. Even worse, Ryan and Buchanan's plan would end Medicare as we know it for the over 170,000 seniors in Manatee and Sarasota Counties who rely on this vital program, raising the cost of healthcare for our seniors by thousands of dollars every year. I've pledged to support and protect Social Security and Medicare, and will continue to fight back against those like Congressman Vern Buchanan who would dismantle these vital and important programs."
Update: Buchanan campaign manager Sally Tibbetts responds, "Fitzgerald's support for raiding Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare is wrong and harmful to our seniors. His plan ends Medicare as we know it by putting 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of limiting care for seniors. Fitzgerald needs to stop following Nancy Pelosi's failed agenda and start thinking about the seniors in our district.”