Oops…Doug Ose Attack Ad Against Congressman Bera Backfires, Exposes Support for Tea Party Shutdown

Ose Approves of the Tea Party Government Shutdown Fiasco that Cost the Economy $24 Billion

Washington DC – Republican Doug Ose approves this message, and now we know he approved of the Tea Party Government Shutdown that blew a $24 billion hole in the economy last year. In his latest and most desperate TV attack ad yet, Ose accuses his opponent Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA-7th) of ‘wasteful spending’ and points to ‘Roll Call Vote #550, 10/16/13’ as the only proof he needs.


So what was ‘Roll Call Vote #550, 10/16/13’ all about?   It was the final vote in the U.S. House on “legislation ending a disruptive 16-day government shutdown and extending federal borrowing power to avert a financial default with potentially worldwide economic repercussions,” according to the New York Times. The shutdown fiasco that took a $24 billion bite out of the economy was the result of Tea Party House Republicans holding critical government resources hostage in a failed attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act.  In effect, Bera’s ‘yes’ vote was a vote to reopen the government and prevent any more needless damage to the economy.  And Ose’s criticism of Bera’s vote is in effect an admission that, had he been in Congress at the time, Ose would have voted for ongoing shutdown and continued disruption of services important to the public and the economy.


Statement from Jeremy Funk, Comm. Dir., Americans United for Change: “Doug Ose is running ads critical of bipartisan legislation that reopened the government and stopped the economy from hemorrhaging money. Ose apparently wants the voters of California’s 7th district to know that, given the chance, he would vote to shut down the government as long as it takes to keep people from getting health care.  We are happy to help Mr. Ose get the word out that he would stop at nothing to take away senior’s new prescription drug benefits and make legal again the worst insurance industry practices like dropping people when they get sick. Even if it means driving the economy off the cliff aboard the Tea Party Express.”