A Carmichael billboard may have just kicked off a war of words between and his Democratic challenger leading up to this fall's 7th Congressional District race.
"Congressman Lungren. Protecting Millionaires Instead of Medicare" reads the billboard located at the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Garfield Ave., across the street from the center.
The billboard invites viewers to visit the website www.MillionairesOverMedicare.com and was paid for by the Democratic Congresssional Campaign Committee.
Democratic leaders, including , an Elk Grove Democrat who also ran against Lungren in 2010, have told The Sacramento Bee "provisions in the House GOP budget plan, which Lungren supports, will end up increasing health care costs for future seniors while providing tax cuts for the wealthy."
A campaign consultant for Lungren denied those claims in a phone interview with Carmichael Patch.
"It's a cheap shot to get attention by the Democrats and makes no sense," Rob Stutzman said, adding that Bera supported President Barack Obama's plan that cut $500 billion from Medicare.
"Congressman Lungren believes we must protect benefits to current recipients ... and seek long-term reform," Stutzman said. "It's a billboard of deception and shows the lengths Democrats will go to."
Bera campaign officials defended the billboard's message.
"Dan Lungren supported a plan that gives massive tax cuts to millionaires," Bera campaign manager Josh Wolf said, hours before his campaign was set to host a Carmichael phone bank. "He voted for the... budget that... increases costs to seniors and is a bad plan."
, a Carmichael resident and San Juan High School teacher who supports the movement, previously announced he would also challenge Lungren in the newly drawn 7th Congressional District, which includes east Sacramento County and stretches from Citrus Heights to Galt.