A recent campaign ad for Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis touts the "Bilirakis Interdict Act" to combat the nation's opioid crisis by improving screening for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to catch fentanyl coming into the country.
Gus has taken on the big drug companies, and he's a leader for prevention and treatment for those who suffer," Nocco says in the ad, as the words "Bilirakis Interdict Act" and "Bilirakis DEA Enforcement and Authority Act of 2018" appearing on screen.
Towson Fraser, a campaign spokesman, told the Tampa Bay Times that Bilirakis "voted for the act ... he participated in hearings about the need for it and worked to support its passage."
Bilirakis faces Democrat Chris Hunter, a former federal prosecutor with the Justice Department's health care fraud strike force, in his re-election campaign for Florida's 12th congressional district.
A Hunter campaign spokesperson told the Tampa Bay Times that Bilirakis' ad represents a "pattern that reflects his indifference to truth and an attitude that he can say or do whatever he wants because he's never been held accountable."