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Republican Party distributes nasty flier about Gail Goettlieb



Heading into the final stretch of the election, the Republican Party of Florida took another swing at Democratic candidate Gail Goettlieb.

The party sent out a mailer accusing Goettlieb, who is running against Ross Spano for the State House District 59 seat, of being “too liberal” and of “trying to bring her brand of radical chaos to Eastern Hillsborough County.”

The flier also says Goettlieb is “not one of us.” Goettlieb grew up in Brandon, just like Spano.

The mailer includes a photo of Gottlieb, as well as a photo of an Occupy Wall Street protest and what looks like a terrorist throwing a flaming explosive.

“It offends me that Ross Spano, my opponent, is portraying me as a terrorist for standing up for the middle class and small businesses and wanting to end corruption in Tallahassee,” Gottlieb said in a statement. “People can have honest differences of opinion about how best to serve Floridians, but this is the kind of inflammatory campaigning that has turned so many people off of politics.”

Spano could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

-- Elizabeth Behrman, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 5:51pm]


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