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Democrats pull back planned spending for Keith Fitzgerald as Vern Buchanan looks strong



vernbuchanan.jpgDemocrats in Washington have scrapped a planned $230,000 ad buy on behalf of Keith Fitzgerald, the Democrat challenging Rep. Vern Buchanan, a sign the incumbent Republican is in stronger position after being cleared in some ethics cases.

Roll Call reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had reserved $229,800 of air time in the Tampa market but yanked it Wednesday along with other moves.

Buchanan's campaign e-mail this morning: BREAKING: National Democrats Cancel TV Ads in FL-16.

Below, Democrats respond.

"Fitzgerald is a proven reformer running his campaign about his honest and ethical leadership that puts practical solutions ahead of partisan politics, and he is giving ethically challenged Vern Buchanan his most difficult re-election challenge to date. Fitzgerald can win against ethically challenged Vern Buchanan who is running away from his disastrous record in Washington that has ended Medicare while protecting tax breaks for millionaires like himself,” said Stephanie Formas of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:43am]


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