Debbie Mucarsel-Powell ad features photo of slain father

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell photo ad

Democratic candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida’s 26th Congressional District is out with a new spot, showing her support for gun control while recounting the fatal shooting of her father.

Mucarsel-Powell lost her dad at the age of 24, after he was gunned down in her native country of Ecuador.

In her new 30-second ad, titled “Photo,” Mucarsel-Powell recounts that loss, and cites it as a motivator to strengthen gun control laws here in the U.S.

“I never said goodbye,” Mucarsel-Powell begins, holding up a photo of her and her father.

“My kids never met their grandfather. And this is the last photo I took with my father because he was killed by a criminal with a gun. So when I tell you Ill stand up to the NRA to protect our community, you can believe me.

“I’m Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. I’m running for Congress, and I approve this message, because no one should have to say goodbye to a loved one with a photo.”

Among the efforts Mucarsel-Powell says she will push for in Congress are universal background checks and a ban on “military-style assault weapons.”

The South Florida Democrat released a similar ad during the primary titled “October 18th,” the date her father was killed.

Mucarsel-Powell is attempting to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo. Recent polls have projected a tight race between the two.

Fundraising reports from Tuesday also showed Mucarsel-Powell outraised Curbelo by $750,000 in the latest period, though she still lags well behind in overall cash-on-hand.


Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


  • Carmen Leon

    October 23, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Why doesn’t she say in the ad he was gunned down in Ecuador? Although I feel for her, how deceitful of her and her campaign.

  • Raul Guzman

    October 26, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    In Ecuador only the Army and Police services are allowed to own “ANY KIND OF GUN”, THE QUESTION I MAY HAVE; WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS WAS HER FATHER IN? WHEN HE GETS GUN DOWN.
    I feel for her, just like everybody else, but, that is the intent of the commercial, as for Debbie shame on her, using her father’s death for power! VERY DISINGENUOUS!

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