Vancouver, WA – This week, Carolyn Long launched a campaign attack ad suggesting drug company money is influencing Jaime’s actions in Congress.
Carolyn Long’s family’s livelihood comes from the success of drug companies; her husband is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Sanofi-Aventis. Their family’s pensions worth between $30,000-$100,000 are with Pfizer and Merck – two of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. In the required financial disclosure form, Long refused to list the level of her husband’s income from drug sales.
Long’s attack ad falsely states:
“Jaime Herrera Beutler took $56,000 from drug companies, then voted with them to raise prescription costs.” The ad cites Jaime’s vote to repeal Obamacare in January of 2011 as evidence – legislation she pledged to oppose before even running for Congress and a vote she took before virtually any of those campaign contributions were made.
“Carolyn Long is the worst kind of hypocrite if she’s going to try and make this race about the influence of drug money, since drug money helps pay her family’s mortgage and is feathering their retirement,” said Jaime for Congress campaign manager Parker Truax. “While our campaign’s advertising had been focusing on candidates’ differences on the issues, Professor ‘Civility in Politics’ Long just accused Jaime of taking legal bribes. The problem is, Long went after Jaime on ties to an industry that sends checks to the Long family mailbox.
“We didn’t take the campaign to this level, but if Carolyn ‘Civility’ Long is going to talk about drug company money, voters need to know that her ties to pharmaceutical companies are the strongest in this race.”