Florida U.S. Representative John Mica’s television ad attacking Representative Sandy Adams’s votes on budget and spending bills could include dozens of their Republican colleagues in its sweep.
“Sandy Adams talks about reducing the deficit. Given the chance, she failed us,” a narrator in a Mica commercial says of Adams, a freshman who’s seeking the same east-central Florida district in the Aug. 14 Republican primary after changes in redistricting.
The Mica ad, which first began running yesterday in Orlando, criticizes six of Adams’ “no” votes in 2011, including one on a fiscal 2012 budget blueprint that sought to slash spending and another five on amendments to appropriations bills that would have mandated across-the-board spending cuts.
“The difference is clear,” the narrator concludes. “John Mica is a conservative who takes action. Sandy Adams just talks.”
Yet Adams wasn’t alone among Republicans in opposing Mica’s positions. She sided with a majority of Republicans on three of the six votes, including one in which she sided with 195 other Republicans against 38 others including Mica.
On the budget vote, House Republicans were split down the middle, with 119 supporting and 120 opposing a proposal by the Republican Study Committee that would have mandated deeper spending cuts than other budget alternatives.
Among those siding with Adams on that vote were Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking House Republican, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, the third-ranking House Republican. Cantor sided with Adams on all four of the six votes for which he was present.
Adams is fighting back. Mica is “desperately scrambling to rebrand himself as a conservative,” her campaign spokeswoman Lisa Boothe said in a statement today.
Mica and Adams are seeking the Republican-leaning 7th District, which includes most of Seminole County and parts of Orange and Volusia Counties. Adams currently represents about 51 percent of the people in the district, compared to 42 percent for Mica.
The Mica-Adams race is one of a record 13 House contests in which one Representative is challenging another. In 11 of them, the contestants are of the same party.