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Alan Grayson’s first web ad pulled

If you go back to our Tuesday story Alan Grayson goes after Patrick Murphy’s voting record in web ad,” you won’t be able to click on the video located at the bottom of the post.

That’s because the web ad has been pulled from YouTube.

POLITICO’s Marc Caputo, who broke the story Friday morning, reports that a YouTube spokesman would only confirm that the Grayson campaign had taken down the ad.

Grayson and Murphy are the top two contenders in the race for the Democratic nomination for Senate, and have been going hard at each other early on, with the primary still a little more than a year away.

The now-deleted ad featured the Schoolhouse Rock song “I’m Just a Bill,” and claimed that Murphy, a second-term congressman first elected in 2012,  hasn’t passed any bills out of the House of Representatives during his time in office.

Last week PolitiFact Florida ruled that “false,” writing that Murphy had a hand in at least two items coming out of committee in 2013: One bill became an amendment, and he co-authored a second that became law. A third bill that Murphy sponsored moved out of committee as an amendment in 2015.

Grayson has prominently discussed his success in getting bills and amendments passed in Congress on the campaign trail.

“This irresponsible and false attack from Alan Grayson is everything that’s wrong with Washington, putting political point-scoring above working together to get things done. But what’s even worse is that Grayson now wants to duck all responsibility for launching it, avoiding comment for deleting it less than one day later. Democrats — and all Floridians — deserve much better,” said Murphy campaign spokesman Joshua Karp.

Grayson spokesman Kevin Franck told Florida Politics, “We’ve moved on. Frankly, I’m a little more worried that the Murphy campaign seems to have pulled their candidate. He hasn’t been seen or heard from in weeks.”

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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