Published: 08 July 2012 07:42 PM
Beginning Monday, July 9, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it will run online ads portraying Rep. Mary Bono Mack and other GOP lawmakers as siding with insurance companies rather than their middle-class constituents in the ongoing national debate over health care.
“Carla knows the breast cancer screening she got saved her life,” the ad targeting Bono Mack begins. “Carla doesn’t know that her Congresswoman Bono Mack may vote to repeal the law that added preventative coverage to Medicare. But she might …”
Bono Mack is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s health care law and has pledged to vote to repeal it, if given the opportunity.
She is among 10 GOP lawmakers being attacked by the campaign, according to the DCCC, which declined to specify the size of the ad buy. Democrats are hoping Democrat Raul Ruiz, an emergency room doctor from the Coachella Valley, can unseat the Palm Springs Republican in the newly shaped 36th Congressional District, which includes Hemet, Banning, Beaumont and Riverside County’s desert communities.
Frank Cullen, Bono Mack’s chief of staff, brushed off the ad as pure politics.
“The facts seem to show that Obamacare is not popular with a broad range of folks, including people in the middle class, and it’s going to raise taxes,” Cullen said. “As the daughter of a physician, no one really should question the congresswoman’s understanding of the need for quality health care.”
TALK? MABEE NOT
A paper wall of silence might be heading Robert Mabee’s way in his 25-year fight with Riverside County.
Mabee is a constant and vocal presence at every Board of Supervisors meeting. At some point during each meeting, he walks up to the podium and chastises supervisors for their handling of a dispute involving access to land he once owned in Hemet. To support his case, he also brings documents to show on an overhead projector.
Since the late 1980s, Mabee has maintained that the county flood control district blocked an access easement to his property by erecting a fence along the Bautista Canyon flood control channel.
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