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Debbie Wasserman Schultz says attacks against her are ‘garbage’ in first TV ad of primary campaign

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is up with the first television campaign ad of her primary campaign against challenger Tim Canova.

“People who don’t even live in Florida, including Republicans, are spending outrageous amounts of money on personal attacks directed at me. And the attacks are just garbage,” she says to the camera in the 30-second ad.

Though Canova’s name is never mentioned, there’s no question the six-term incumbent is targeting him with her comment about outside money being used against her. A large amount of Canova’s financial support has come from outside of Florida, due to the national appeal of his campaign.

The ad also prominently mentions the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s endorsement of the former DNC chair.

“She knows the issues and can articulate them better than most,” the paper wrote. “She’s a tenacious leader unafraid to ruffle feathers. She understands the levers of power and has built important relationships with people who matter. She’s a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and has played a major role in shaping spending and the policies that guide it. Her colleagues say she’s one of the smartest and hardest working members of Congress.”

There have been very few polls conducted on the Wasserman Schultz-Canova primary in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. A Canova internal poll released two weeks ago showed Wasserman Schultz leading Canova, 46 percent to 38 percent.

Early voting begins next week. The last day to vote will be on Aug. 30.

 

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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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