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Busansky on Scandal, Bilirakis on Beach



Phyllis Busansky jumps on the Democratic bandwagon calling for a crackdown on the "Foley Five."  She also questions where Gus Bilirakis -- her GOP opponent -- stands on the furor over the groups’ response to Foley’s alleged improprieties:

“Gus Bilirakis has deep and lucrative ties to the ‘Foley Five’ – close to $100,000 to date. Gus Bilirakis needs to break his ties with Speaker Hastert and company. He needs to join me in calling for a full and thorough investigation of the ‘Foley Five’ and in demanding Congressman Reynolds’ resignation.”

Meanwhile, Bilirakis attempts to steer attention away from the unpleasantness as his first wave of televisions ads hits Tampa Bay networks today.  Defying expectations of those who know his ad firm, Stevens Reed Curcio & Potholm, best for their Swiftboat work, this feel-good spot features Bilirakis the family man:

Slow motion, Bilirakis strolls hand-in-hand with his wife as 4 young sons frolic nearby.
Teddy: And he wrote legislation to ban offshore oil drilling along Florida's Continental Shelf.  Good work dad!
Michael: Best of all, he's a great dad!
Manuel: And he'll be a great Congressman!

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:49pm]


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