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Parkland father attacks Mario Diaz-Balart in new Mary Barzee Flores ad

The father of one of the victims of the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is angrily calling out Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart for taking NRA money in a new ad for his Democratic opponent Mary Barzee Flores.

In the one-minute, 10-second digital ad launched Wednesday, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was among 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas, condemns Diaz-Balart for taking $1,000 from the National Rifle Association after the massacre.

Barzee Flores is trying to unseat Diaz-Balart in Florida’s 25th Congressional District, which covers a large chunk of South Florida.

In the ad, Guttenberg faces the camera and addresses Diaz-Balart directly, expressing the outrage of a parent of a slain teenager.

As the video moves between shots of the Parkland massacre, Diaz-Balart, and Guttenberg, Guttenberg says: “Mario Diaz-Balart, after February 14th, after my daughter and 16 others died, you had a choice to make. And you chose to take money from the NRA. You chose to take their money… you’re not worthy of service… you need to be fired.”

That is a reference to a June 6 check for $1,000, which Diaz-Balart’s campaign took from the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund. Guttenberg and text in the video also make reference to other contributions Diaz-Balart has taken from the NRA, citing a Washington Post story that reports that Diaz-Balart took more NRA campaign money than any other Florida member of Congress during that time.

“I will be working every day to support Mary Barzee Flores for Congress because I want her to serve. She will take common-sense gun safety seriously and be part of the solution,” Guttenberg concludes.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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