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Strategist Ana Navarro Slams PAC's Ads Against Heller

CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360"

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 09:26 PM

Republican strategist Ana Navarro on Tuesday ripped as "political cannibalism" a pro-Trump super PAC for spending $1 million on ads attacking Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada for his opposition to the Republican healthcare plan.

"This is political cannibalism," Navarro, who supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during the GOP primaries last year, told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "This is eating of your own.

"It's political bullying," she added. "It is also disrespecting the will of that senator's voters."

America First on Tuesday began running the ads against Heller, a first-term senator who is facing re-election next year, for saying he opposes the GOP healthcare plan.

Heller, 57, is one of the party's most vulnerable senators in the congressional elections – and he is among nine party members now opposing the healthcare plan.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who pulled the legislation from a vote later this week, reportedly told the White House that America First's campaign was "beyond stupid."

Navarro, long a critic of President Donald Trump, defended Heller's right to make his own decisions in the best interest of his constituents.

"A senator who says 'no' to something is not because they want to be a thorn in the side of leadership or the president of their own party.

"It's because they think it is destructive to their voters, to their constituents, the people they are closest to.

"The right thing to do is figure out how to make the policy better," she said.

Noting that Trump met with Republicans at the White House after McConnell's announcement, Navarro said "every single Republican senator should have refused to go to the White House while these ads have been playing.

"Because today, it is Dean Heller. Tomorrow it could be any of them.

"People can die from friendly fire, too."

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Republican strategist Ana Navarro on Tuesday ripped as "political cannibalism" a pro-Trump super PAC for spending $1 million on ads attacking Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada for his opposition to the Republican healthcare plan.
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