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Anti-Davis mailer, pro-Smith ad



As U.S. Rep. Jim Davis blasted his opponent during Wednesday's debate for accepting help in the campaign from Big Sugar, the industry launched a new missile intended to help Rod Smith become the Democratic nominee for governor. A mail piece sent by a third-party political group funded by U.S. Sugar Corp. calls attention to Davis' "record of shame when it comes to people of color" while holding up Smith as a proven fighter for justice and equality.

"When it comes to his record on issues important to our community, Jim Davis should be ashamed," reads the mailer, clearly intended for African-Americans. More here.

Meanwhile, in Jacksonville this morning we caught part of a positive bio TV ad for Smith - "He's one of us" - funded by US Sugar-backed Florida's Working Families. The group has boosted its statewide buy to about $1.3-million and apparently is running both the positive Smith ad and the attack ad on Davis' attendance record. Remember when Democrats predicted Crist and Gallagher would bloody themselves in the primary, while the Democratic nominee would be unbruised?

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:15pm]


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