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Democrats on Curbelo: 'His town hall schedule doesn't exist'


National Democrats are using the August recess -- Congress' longest break of the year -- to campaign against the lawmakers the part plans to target in 2018, including Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo.

Democrats' familiar line of attack: that Republicans aren't holding enough town-hall style meetings.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has created websites it plans to promote on Google ads purportedly linking to (in this case) Curbelo's town hall schedule. When users click on, they're taken to a page set to look like a 404 web error.

"Whoops! His town hall schedule doesn't exist!" 

There's then a countdown clock saying Curbelo, a sophomore, hasn't held a town hall in "707 days."

Curbelo, however, would likely point this periodic "tele-town halls," which allow constituents from his Westchester-to-Key West district to call in at a set time and take turns asking the congressman questions. Those conference calls, of course, aren't open to the broader public -- and so can't draw protests or other potentially negative attention.

"Congressman Curbelo's vote to rip away healthcare from Miami families shows he's heartless, his refusal to hold a town hall and answer for the Washington-Republican agenda he's supporting shows he's a coward," DCCC spokesman Cole Leiter said in a statement.

UPDATE: Curbelo campaign spokesman Chris Miles countered that the congressman often holds private meetings in person with people who want to ask him questions:

"Carlos is one of the hardest working representatives and regularly meets with his constituents," Miles said in a statement. "Just last week he hosted many residents at our district offices in Key West and Miami. All this in addition to his tele town halls which have reached tens of thousands of constituents."