The National Republican Congressional Committee says Representative John Spratt of South Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, is losing his memory.
The group released a statement Monday that calls the 67-year-old House Budget Committee chairman "Amnesiac John Spratt" and contains six bold-lettered allegations that he's forgetting what's happening in Washington.
Spratt, a Democrat who is in a tough re-election battle, has spoken more slowly in recent months and his posture is more stooped, prompting questions about his health. He announced he was suffering from Parkinson's on March 30th as he filed to run for a 15th term.
Andy Sere, a spokesman for the Republican committee, said the statement was not a swipe at Spratt's health.
South Carolina Democrats have called on State Senator Mick Mulvaney, who is running against Spratt, to condemn what they call a dishonest attack.
"Mick Mulvaney's friends at the NRCC are sadly out of step with South Carolina voters," said South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler. "John Spratt's mind is as sharp as ever, as anyone who talks to him knows. The Parkinson's diagnosis that Mr. Sere alluded to has not and never will have any impact on that."
Spratt was traveling and could not be immediately reached for comment.