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 RyanRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Lawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono 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 BaldwinDems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Overnight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief Dems urge Sessions to reject AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE, but the already-competitive race has only gotten an even higher profile as Republicans' hopes have dimmed in Missouri.