Pro-Trump Group Pulls Ads Targeting GOP Senator Over Health Care Bill
The group America First Policies, which was founded by former top Donald Trump campaign aides, pulled TV ads yesterday evening (June 27th) that targeted Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada over his opposition to the Senate Republicans' health care bill, after facing backlash from other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The ads had run for less than 12 hours in Nevada before being taken down.
Media reports said that McConnell had called White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to express his displeasure about America First going after Heller, with CNN reporting that he told Priebus that it was a stupid move that would set back the Republicans' cause. Heller is one of the most vulnerable GOP senators going into the 2018 elections. Additionally, Heller himself reportedly brought the ad up directly with Trump at the White House yesterday during the president's meeting with GOP senators.
CNN cited another Republican source described as being close to the health care process as saying the ad alienated senators. The source said, "That was not the right thing to do. You can do that to a House member. You cannot do that to a senator."
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