Pro-Bill Halter labor groups who want to see Sen. Blanche Lincoln unseated are targeting senior citizens with a new mailer in advance of the Democratic primary runoff June 8.
"Sixteen years in Washington have changed Senator Blanche Lincoln. She's forgotten how tough times are for retirees," reads the mailer
, obtained by TPMDC. It will be sent to 20,000 Arkansas homes and was paid for by the Alliance for Retired Americans
, a seniors group affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
The mailer cites six Lincoln votes to increase Social Security taxes in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2000, and for a budget that would have cut benefits. It boosts Halter, the lieutenant governor, by noting his tenure running the Social Security Administration under President Clinton. "Bill Halter will fight to protect Medicare and strengthen Social Security," the mailer claims, asking people to vote June 8.
It's a similar line of attack the Halter campaign used this week in an ad against Lincoln.
Labor sources say they believe seniors will turnout in high numbers and so that's why they are focusing on issues like Social Security and Medicare. See the full mailer here.