Las Vegas, NV – Washington Republicans said waffling GOP Senator Dean Heller would be “bought off” in order to secure his vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act. That turned out to be true – last week, Heller cast the deciding vote to move repeal forward and then voted for a plan that would have taken health care away from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans.
Now, just days after Senator Heller voted multiple times to repeal the ACA, Mitch McConnell’s super PAC told Jon Ralston they’re all in for Heller’s 2018 re-election campaign. The so-called Senate Leadership Fund pledged that it will “spend seven figures” to help Heller fend off a primary challenge and rescue him in the general election.
Senate Leadership Fund threw $14 million down the drain in Nevada last cycle. They are openly promising to invest “commensurate with what we have done in the past” in 2018.
“Now we know how much it costs for Senator Heller to be bought off,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II. “This entire arrangement reeks of political corruption. People’s lives are on the line, and Dishonest Dean traded away his vote in exchange for Mitch McConnell’s super PAC cash. This two-faced fraud can’t be trusted to represent our state, and we’re going to hold him accountable for selling out our health care to try to save his own political career.”
Did Mitch McConnell promise to buy off Dean Heller with super PAC money on the Senate floor? Just minutes before Heller voted for skinny repeal, the two Republicans were chatting away…