DSCC hits Thompson on Medicare, lobbying ties

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Thompson was President George W. Bush's Health and Human Services secretary, then joined the law and lobbying firm Akin Gump as a consultant. He did not register as a lobbyist, but offered strategic advice to healthcare clients.

The DSCC ad charges that Thompson "sold his influence and connections" to special interests, "making millions." The ad — like Democratic ads in just about every race this year — also tries to tie Thompson to Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Kelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Lobbying world MORE's controversial Medicare plan.

Although Thompson has said he would make some changes to Ryan's plan, he supported the basic framework. The DSCC describes it as "Thompson’s plan to gut Medicare, which would cost seniors over $6,000 more a year."

Polls consistently show Thompson trailing Democratic challenger Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Overnight Health Care: Over 7,000 fail to meet Medicaid work rules in Arkansas | Judge temporarily halts deportations of reunited families | GOP chair in talks over restarting ObamaCare payments Dem senator calls for 'permanent' price cuts at Pfizer MORE, but the already-competitive race has only gotten an even higher profile as Republicans' hopes have dimmed in Missouri.