Washington Republicans were confident they would be able to buy Heller off for his health care vote last year—and they did. Just days after he caved to Republican leaders and put health care for hundreds of thousands of Nevadans at risk last year, Sen. Dean Heller was rewarded by a Super PAC linked to Mitch McConnell with a promise to spend millions of dollars on ads. That McConnell-linked Super PAC is making good on its pledge – Senate Leadership Fund announced today that it plans to shell out $11.2 million this fall to help keep Heller in the Senate.
July 28, 2017: After wavering for weeks, Heller folds under pressure and votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act
August 3, 2017: Just days after Heller’s vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, McConnell’s Super PAC says it will spend seven figures to defend him
June 26, 2018: McConnell’s Super PAC announces plans to spend $11.2 million in the fall to support Heller
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“When it came time to stand up against his party leaders to protect Nevadans’ health care, Heller folded faster than a lawn chair—so it’s no wonder McConnell wants to keep Heller around the Senate to be another rubber stamp. Nevadans deserve a senator who will stand their ground for their constituents, not sell out their health care for money from Super PACs.”