Five Florida Democrats were among 79 House Dems voting against a Republican-backed measure to condemn MoveOn.org's ad that referred to Gen. David Petraeus as "General Betray Us."
"Congress should not be in the business of policing political ads," said Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, who voted against the bill, which passed 341 to 79. "The priorities of Congress are ridiculously misplaced when we condemn an organization for a pun that some people found offensive, while previously failing to condemn vicious campaign ads against decorated veterans like Senator John Kerry and Senator Max Cleland."
He was joined by fellow Democratic Reps. Kendrick Meek of Miami, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, Alcee Hastings of Miramar and Corrine Brown of Jacksonville.
Republicans have been agitating against the ad for weeks; Wexler said it's an attempt to take the focus off the "reality in Iraq."
The Senate took a similar vote last week and both Florida senators, Republican Mel Martinez and Democrat Bill Nelson, voted to condemn the ad.