House Minority Whip Steve Scalise took a fellow Republican to task last week for saying his constituents sat idly waiting for the government’s help after Hurricane Katrina, but he’s been mum on a fellow Louisianan’s characterization of Medicaid recipients as lazy people who vote in order to stay on the dole. Rep. Ralph Abraham, a third-term Republican now running for governor, was recorded last week telling donors at a fundraiser that Medicaid recipients were “voting for a living instead of working.”
Sen. Susan Collins — who has long cultivated an image as a centrist — recently pointed to her votes against repealing the Affordable Care Act to play up her moderate side, ignoring her 20-plus votes to repeal, delay or defund the law.
Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., is one of the few candidates still taking Purdue’s money, accepting $1,000 this election cycle even as his state takes legal action against the company for downplaying the risks and pushing higher doses of OxyContin.
Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun touted his private-sector record of keeping health-insurance rates “affordable” for employees during a televised debate Monday, days after it was reported that his workers and their families have to pay thousands of dollars before their benefits kick in.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott profited from his investments in companies that contributed to the state’s opioid crisis, even as his administration took one of them to court for its role in spreading the epidemic across the state.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn skipped a vote last week on bipartisan legislation to curb the opioid crisis, even as she campaigned for the Senate with a promise to “combat the opioid epidemic” and released a TV ad touting her efforts on the issue.