Paul Hudson, the Republican challenging freshman Congresswoman Hillary Scholten, wants to set the record straight about the incumbent’s time on Capitol Hill.

The West Michigan attorney is calling out a $700,000 West Michigan advertising campaign from the Democrat-aligned special interest group Protect Our Care that claims Scholten “voted to cap insulin prices for seniors” and “voted to give Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices, so seniors pay less.”

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Hudson says she did nothing of the sort as Scholten wasn’t even an elected official when the bills came to a vote.

The ad campaign, part of a $5 million effort to boost vulnerable Democrats nationwide, specifically cited the Inflation Reduction Act, approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 19, 2021, over a year before Scholten cast her first vote. It was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Aug. 16, 2022.

“When Rep. Scholten first saw the false ads saying she voted for a bill the House passed before she was even in Congress, she should have immediately disavowed this lie, if she wanted to be honest with her constituents,” Hudson said in a Wednesday statement. “Instead, it’s been crickets from Hillary. She sat back and watched as this six-figure false advertising campaign spread across the district, giving her credit for something she simply did not do.”

It’s not the first time Scholten has implied involvement in approving the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Last April, Scholten stood alongside Senator Debbie Stabenow during a press conference at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids to tout the legislation and lowered prescription drug costs.

“Every day I hear heartbreaking stories from people across West Michigan who have struggled to fill their prescriptions, shoulder the cost of healthcare that they and their families need, whether they’re making a decision between taking a full dose of insulin, putting food on the table, affording clothes for their kids,” Scholten said, according to WXMI.

“There’s alternatives out there, and we can make it happen. We’ve done it. Costs should never be a barrier to someone’s health or quality of life,” she said. “That’s why I’m so excited to be here today to highlight the Inflation Reduction Act.”

“It’s one thing for politicians like Hillary to publicly embellish their efforts, but this is just a straight-up lie about her record from this outside group,” Hudson said of the recent ad campaign. “It’s physically impossible to vote for a bill before you’re even in Congress, and Hillary obviously realized this the instant she first saw the ad.

“Why hasn’t she said a word? In the last week alone, Hillary tweeted out 35 statements on every topic from Boy Scouts to dishwashers, but she has refused to set the record straight about this false advertising,” he said.

Protect Our Care launched its targeted ad campaign in March because “polling shows that health care consistently ranks as a top economic concern for Americans,” according to the nonprofit.

“The best way to make sure Americans know about how their members of Congress lowered health care and prescription drug costs is to reach people where they are,” Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach said at the time. “We are telling the American people how the Inflation Reduction Act is bringing down costs for working families and giving people economic relief and a little more breathing room. We urge these members of Congress to continue to lead the fight for reforms like the Lowering Drug Costs for American Families Act so more families can afford their medications.”

The campaign is expected to continue “over the next few months” with ads through broadcast, cable and satellite television, streaming, YouTube, Hulu, and other avenues.

An email from The Midwesterner requesting comment from Protect Our Care was not immediately returned.

Protect Our Care’s campaign, which involved the same message about voting for the Inflation Reduction Act, also includes Colorado Rep. Yadira Caraveo and New Mexico Rep. Gabe Vasquez, both of whom, like Scholten, took office in 2023.  Pennsylvania Reps. Susan Wild and Matt Cartwright, Nevada Reps. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford, New York Rep. Pat Ryan, and New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone are featured, as well.