‘Time for a change’: Lauren Baer hits Brian Mast on GOP tax law

Lauren Baer Mel ad

Democrat Lauren Baer is out with a new 30-second ad that knocks Republican Brian Mast‘s support for last year’s GOP tax cuts law.

Baer, a former official in the Barack Obama administration, is trying to oust Mast from his seat in Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

The ad, titled “Mel,” features commentary from Mel Liebman, owner of The Clock Shop of Fort Pierce.

In the ad, Liebman and Baer bemoan the tax cuts in a conversation about the law’s effects.

“I opened the store Sep. 1, 1980,” Liebman says of his shop.

“I’ve paid into Social Security and Medicare for 50 years now.”

“What do you think of that tax plan?” Baer asks.

“…I think it stinks,” replies Liebman.

“When Brian Mast gives a tax cut to rich corporations, it shows that he’s not looking out for the little guy. They gave this tax credit at the expense of Social Security and Medicare.”

Baer closes out the ad with a message to voters.

“Enough with politicians who put special interests before our interests. It’s time for a change.”

Baer has an uphill battle to successfully change the occupant of the CD 18 seat. Election analysts differ on the size of Mast’s advantage, but all agree he’s the favorite come November.

Nevertheless, Democrats have signaled their intention on going after the GOP over the tax bill, as well as Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.

With the tax bill losing popularity over time, Democrats are banking on their critiques finding an audience in potential voters.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


  • Eric Miller

    September 7, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Make no mistake – The Socialist Baer – she is no better – know they side or get fleas when you lay with them – both are a waste of a vote

  • Dan

    September 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    So, Floridian now have more money in every paycheck & she wants it back for the Oligarchy to waste and steal. 6 million people got $1,000 bonus and pay raise and more full time jobs. So much for Obama’s “Equality in Poverty” Food Stamp nation & his anemic 1% GDP growth new norm was fiscally irresponsible with Cash for Clunkers and Trains & Ferries to nowhere… while infrastructure like sewers were left untouched. The boom started while Obama was president, but it was the day after Trump was elected. The best thing Obama did for the economy was leave.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704