Fiscal conservative group Americans for Prosperity-Action (AFP-Action) announced on Friday that it will spend more than $1 million in a digital ad taking aim at U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
AFP-Action has already gone after Nelson’s record in grassroots efforts and through a direct mail campaign. Now AFP-Action has launched a Web video hitting Nelson’s “30-year record of failing to improve health care outcomes for Florida families.”
Chris Hudson, a senior advisor for AFP and the director of AFP’s Florida chapter, weighed in on the new ad.
“Bill Nelson’s vote for the failed health care law punished Florida families with higher insurance premiums – 84 percent higher – and lined the pockets of pharmaceutical companies,” said Hudson. “Bill Nelson has had 30 years to fix health care and didn’t do anything. He doesn’t deserve another six.”
AFP-Action hit Nelson for accepting “more than $125,000 in campaign contributions from pharmaceutical companies,” voting for “Obamacare, which benefited pharmaceutical companies” and noted that “individual market premiums in Florida increased 84 percent between 2013 and 2017.”
First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 after serving in the Legislature, in the U.S. House and as state insurance commissioner, Nelson is a top target for Republicans as he runs for a fourth term. He faces Gov. Rick Scott, who won the Republican primary at the end of August, in the general election next month. Recent polls have shown a close race in what is expected to be one of the most closely watched Senate races in the nation.