Russell Pearce's Pals Ralph Heap and John Kavanagh Targeted in TV Ads
Two of recalled former state Senator Russell Pearce's favorite people are getting skewered in some tasty TV attack ads: Pearce's revenge candidate for state Senate in Legislative District 25, Ralph Heap, and Pearce's longtime ally, current state House Representative and wannabe-state Senator John Kavanagh in LD 23.
Heap, an orthopedic surgeon, has made incumbent LD 25 state Senator Bob Worsley's support of Governor Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion the centerpiece of his challenge to the nice-guy moneybags founder of SkyMall.
Ralph Heap's smacked around in this new ad from the Arizona Business Coalition
One big problem for Heap, which I wrote about in my recent column "Dr. Hypocrisy," is that while blasting Worsley for supporting Medicaid expansion, he's been gobbling up the government gravy in the form of payments from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, which is Arizona's Medicaid program.
From 2010 to 2013, Heap scored more than $130,000 in Medicaid money, which he has to literally sign a contract with the government to get, by the way.
After I reported this info, I was happy to see that the Arizona Republic's Laurie Roberts wrote her own piece on Heap's hypocrisy, citing the $130K factoid.
Also, Roberts reported that Dr. Heap accepts 63 Obamacare plans, according to the website HealthPocket.com.
Dr. Hypocrisy, indeed.
Now, I don't know if you'd call this the trickle down or the trickle up theory of politics, but the $130K factoid is cited in an attack ad from the Arizona Business Coalition, which is supported by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and is backing Worsley.
The ad depicts Heap as out of the office because, as the narrator points out, "he's got a lot of Obamacare checks to deposit."