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Democratic radio ads charge Young, Southerland with taking 'vacation'



Congress' abysmal record getting things done is good politics for the minority.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it is running 15 second radio ads against Republican Reps. C.W. Bill Young and Steve Southerland for leaving town with so much unfinished business.

“You work hard, so you deserve the same from your Congressman. But did you know Congressman Southerland is on a five-week taxpayer-funded vacation instead of working to create jobs? Tell Congressman Southerland to get his priorities straight," the ad states.

Never mind that Democrats are on the same vacation. Southerland says he's busy meeting with consistents about job creation. "It’s unfortunate that the same Washington insiders who have derailed House efforts to foster job growth are the ones now belittling the importance of meeting with our constituents about these issues back home," spokesman Matt McCullough said.

 Here’s a sample of what Rep. Southerland will be doing during August:

  • Participating in a Senate field hearing the impact of decreased water flows on Apalachicola Bay
  • Hosting two public town hall meetings
  • Visiting the NOAA facility in Panama City Beach
  • Touring Jackson County Hospital
  • Addressing attendees at civic organizations, including Bay Economic Development Alliance and Chipola Civic Club
  • Meeting a veterans from six different wars to record their story of sacrifice with the Library of Congress’s “Veterans History Project”
  • Hosting a roundtable with local farmers to discuss farm policy
  • Conducting small business tours and hard hat tours in several counties

[Last modified: Monday, August 5, 2013 4:44pm]


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