Adams hits Salmon for role in passing health care reform
As the Aug. 28 primary election draws closer, the campaigns have only a few more weeks to make their closing arguments to voters before early ballots go out. In the territory that comprises the new fifth Congressional district, the general election has often only drawn token opposition to the Republican candidate. Therefore, the primary election takes on a special level of significance.
In the last days of the primary, Kirk Adams has come out with a new ad blasting Matt Salmon for his work lobbying for the President’s health care law. It’s an attack ad, but it gets the job done. Voters are going to be inundated with this message on TV, radio, and every other medium until the day the votes are counted. It’s long been known that Matt Salmon is a lobbyist, but how will people feel about the fact that he helped to pass one of the most controversial laws in recent history?
The campaign has also put up a website with all of the evidence behind their claim. Salmon worked for a lobbying firm, Policy Impact Communications, during the debate over health care reform. His clients were pharmaceutical companies who had struck a deal with the White House on prescription drug pricing. According to official disclosures, Matt Salmon had lobbied Congress in favor of health care reform. Policy Impact was paid a total of $190,000 from June of 2009 through March 2010, when the law was passed. Matt Salmon later brought those same clients to his own company to lobby on “issues related to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”.
It might be fairly late in the campaign, but now the information is out there and it’s up to voters to decide if his lobbying work makes it difficult to trust Matt Salmon on the issues.