In an email sent out to supporters Tuesday morning, Republican congressional candidate Mike Yost writes that “Washington Democrats” like Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, his 2012 opponent, “are so far out of touch with reality that it is no wonder the $15 Trillion of current debt is growing.”

In a Monday press release, Brown said she was “not surprised or disappointed at the inability of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to develop bi-partisan solutions to … long term fiscal challenges,” and that she disagreed with the priorities of the so-called “Super Committee.”

“Why rush to fix a problem that is not getting worse when we have more important tasks at hand?” Brown said. “Austerity does not put people to work. Everyone agrees what we need to do now is grow the economy through investments in infrastructure, education and clean energy and extended unemployment benefits. These are our priorities.”

Yost fired back on Tuesday, arguing that Brown “doesn’t have a clue,” and is more concerned with lobbyists and special interest groups than with her own constituents.

From Yost’s email:

So let me see if I can get this right, in Corrine Brown’s little world of Washington- The spending, deficit, and debt problem isn’t getting worse and extending unemployment benefits grow an economy?

No, Corrine, you haven’t a clue do you? You haven’t sat down with the Small Business owner who spent his entire life building his dream, only to see it taken away with taxes he can’t pay and regulations he can’t comply with. You haven’t seen the despair in his face when he is going to have to lay-off people who have been working for him for decades that he considers family more than an employee. You don’t understand what it means to see your life’s work disappear because Government wants a bigger chunk from the paycheck you haven’t collected in 2 years.

No, Corrine, you don’t seem to understand that building a railroad isn’t very important to people who can’t feed their families because they WANT and NEED a job. You just don’t seem to “get it” that grocery prices are rising, and no amount of “extended unemployment” is going to pay the mortgage, the kids education, or the mounting pile of unpaid bills.

No, Corrine, you need to spend about 6 months trying to survive on Main Street instead of sucking from the “K-Street” lobbyists and special interest groups who keep you in office election after election.

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