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 RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term 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 BaldwinKoch-backed group targets red-state Dems on tax reform Justices weigh partisan gerrymandering in potential landmark case Dems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada MORE, but the already-competitive race has only gotten an even higher profile as Republicans' hopes have dimmed in Missouri.