TALLAHASSEE, FL — Before embattled Congressman Steve Southerland and Al Lawson meet tonight for their debate in Panama City, Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux today held a news-conference to expose the Real Steve Southerland — a politician who’s become part of the problem in Congress and is rubber stamping an extreme agenda that is hurting middle class families.
Southerland knows that his words and actions are out of touch with north Florida’s values, and tonight he’ll undoubtedly try to lie and mislead voters about his extreme record in Washington. That’s why today, the Florida Democratic Party is releasing three fact checks on the Real Steve Southerland: highlighting how Congressman Southerland has voted against the interests of women and families, voted to raise healthcare costs for seniors, raise taxes on middle class families and shown time and again that he’s part of the problem in Washington.
“The more north Florida families learn about the real Steve Southerland and his extreme record, the more they know that Southerland has become part of the problem in Washington,” said Scott Arceneaux, Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party. “Congressman Southerland voted to raise taxes on middle class families, increase the cost of healthcare for seniors and restrict access to lifesaving healthcare for women— and whether he’s refusing to pay his taxes on time while buying himself a luxury boat, railing against stimulus funding after accepting stimulus dollars himself, or complaining about his $174,000 a year salary — Southerland has shown time and again that he’s out touch with Florida’s values. After watching Southerland’s hypocrisy and learning about his record of saying one thing while doing the exact opposite, it’s become impossible for Florida’s seniors, women and middle class families to believe a word he says, and he’s proven that he simply can’t be trusted with our country’s future.”