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Democratic PAC to air radio spot criticizing Rep. Joe Heck for budget vote

Updated Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 4:38 p.m.

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Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev. speaks during a town hall meeting at Green Valley High School in Henderson Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

A new political group is launching a radio blitz against Rep. Joe Heck, criticizing him for voting in favor of a Republican budget plan that restructures Medicare.

The plan calls for transforming Medicare into a voucher-like system that subsidizes purchases of private insurance rather than a program in which the government pays medical bills directly.

The House Majority PAC, created by a group of former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee workers, calls Heck "crazy" for supporting the idea.

"Nevada is known as a place where people come to have fun and even take a little risk," the radio spot says. "But now our Congressman Joe Heck has gone way too far, risking the future of the middle class."

The GOP budget plan also proposed tax breaks for the rich.

"House Republicans like Joe Heck have no problem asking Nevada seniors, middle-class families and veterans to make sacrifices, yet refuse to do the same for big corporations and millionaires who would receive trillions in new tax breaks," House Majority Executive Director Alixandria Lapp said.

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Tyler Houlton called the ad "misleading" and "shameless."

"While the Republican plan preserves and protects Medicare for future generations, the Democrats' plan will lead to severe cuts in benefits for seniors and drastic tax increases in the coming years," he said.

The 60-second ad will run in Southern Nevada's 3rd Congressional District for more than a week. It hits airwaves today.

The House Majority is running similar spots in nine other hotly-contested Congressional districts.

A PAC spokesman wouldn't say how much the group will spend but said it will be in the six figures.

Democrats learned a hard lesson in 2010 when outside political groups like American Crossroads spent millions of dollars campaigning for Republican Congressional candidates, helping them take control of the House.

Democrats don't plan to let that happen again in 2012. They are rapidly creating competing independent expenditure groups to go head to head with Republican PACs this time around.

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  1. $180k a year and all sorts of taxpayer provided freebies and he lives in his office like a bum? He sure must have some expensive habits.

    What would happened if a person lived in an office or commercial site here? I knew a guy that had a cot in the back room of a machine shop so people could rest and they got cited by the fire department. One set of rules for them another for everyone else.

  2. Let's review what Congressman Heck has accomplished so far:

    21Nov10 -- Gets an office. Says he wants to save money by sleeping on the couch there. Also, immediately dismantles everything set up by Congresswoman Titus to provide hotline assistance to help home/business foreclosures.

    Jan11 -- Votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    Feb11 -- Expresses an interest in Yucca Mountain Project going forward for reprocessing nuclear waste.

    Also, holds townhall meetings in Henderson/Boulder City. But not anywhere in eastern Las Vegas.

    Additionally, he votes to approve the discontinuation of funding Planned Parenthood.

    01Mar11 -- Voted to give $30 billion subsidies to oil corporations.

    17Mar11 -- Voted to defund Government funding for public radio (NPR).

    17Mar11 -- Creates a bill in order to reduce duplication in Government. In other words, a separate body that looks to make sure that something is being done, but is not already being done by someone else. Politically, this is a "softball" bill that makes him look like he's doing something, but he's not. Smoke and mirrors.

    22Mar11 -- Goes on record that he backs Mitt Romney as Republican candidate to run against President Obama.

    23Mar11 -- At a press appearance, if it came up for a vote in Congress, states he would have voted for intervention in Libya. He then stated that Gudaffi, in recent years, has mended his ways and has almost become an ally of the United States.

    Also, referring to the Affordable Care Act: "One year later ObamaCare fails to deliver on costs, spending and preserving existing coverage," Nevada Rep. Joe Heck remarked on his tweet, "We need patient-centered, not govt, solutions!" (NOTE: Congressman Heck loves to use that brain dead Republican Party jargon "Obamacare." Can't believe he's a doctor.)

    31Mar11 -- Again goes on record the Yucca Mountain Project should be pursued in order to reprocess nuclear waste.

    02Apr11 -- Votes to approve stripping union rights from FAA workers.

    15Apr11 -- Votes to approve a budget bill supposedly created by Rep. Ryan (R-WI) that completely destroys Medicare and replaces it with an inferior voucher system, while at the same time gives those savings to the rich by wording thinly veiled in the bill that makes the Bush Tax Cuts permanent. By his voting to approve this bill, he has basically went on record he cares nothing for senior citizens here in Nevada, nor their health.

    This is the horrible work he does for us. I am personally leading a campaign to get rid of him. Because he clearly serves his party, not Nevada. He works for Speaker Boehner, not Nevadans. We're just pawns to him.

    A one termer. He's a goner. We need someone useful in there.

  3. C_Bess

    I agree. Ryan and his cronies weren't thinking. There are LOTS and LOTS of voters under 55 who will be effected by his "budget plan". NO ONE wants to give Medcare up - not for themselves, their children nor their grandchildren. Oh and they all are voters and a generation of future voters. These hot air TeaBaggers ought to look into the insurance industry instead of messing with something that helps so many Seniors now and in the future.

    ANY newly elected Republican who voted for Ryan's budget bill is going to be a "one termer". The one that was elected in the congressional district I live in had all this bluster and voted "no" on one project the State already had obtained money for and he voted against it saying it wasn't needed, even though the project would employ 1500 people and would be beneficial to the local economy especially now that gas prices are soaring. Well, he got his wings clipped rather fast because the money was reinstated by not only Democrats, but a fellow Republican. THese newbies don't know how to play hardball. They went to DC with all these hot air ideas not realizing they were all low men on the totem pole and basically, what they say and want don't mean s&it with the established Republicans already there!!