Republican Jetta slams Democrat Frankel on opioid response

In a new digital ad, Republican congressional candidate Kurt Jetta accuses Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, of failing to lead on the opioid crisis.

UPDATED with response from Frankel’s campaign

Republican congressional candidate Kurt Jetta is making the opioid crisis a centerpiece of his campaign for the Palm Beach County-based U.S. House seat of Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach.

In the first digital ad of his campaign, Jetta says the Democratic incumbent isn’t making the opioid problem enough of a priority. The ad is aimed at Facebook and Google accounts within Frankel’s District 21.

“Lois Frankel has failed to lead on the opioid crisis — both in Palm Beach County and nationally. Look at her website — the top 13 issues that she’s laid out, the opioid crisis doesn’t make the list. On my list, it’s the number one issue for Palm Beach County,” Jetta says in the new ad.

As of today, the “issues” page on Frankel’s official House website doesn’t mention the opioids crisis.

Frankel’s campaign responded: “Rep. Frankel’s attention to the seriousness of opioid addiction is well known and has been frequently reported in local news and posted on her Facebook page.”

That includes working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Justice to clarify local governments’ ability to regulate sober homes, serving on the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force and cosponsoring the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.

Expect to hear more about the issue.

“We have polling that makes it clear the opioids are the number one issue in our district,” said Jetta consultant Jacob Perry.

Delray Beach resident Jetta opened a campaign last month. He’s founder and CEO of of TABS Analytics, a Connecticut-based data firm that advises companies who sell consumer packaged goods. Frankel, serving her third term in Congress, is a former West Palm Beach mayor and state House member.

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