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Pro-Smith group attacks Davis on Israel



A political group financed by U.S. Sugar and backing Rod Smith has sent a mailer blasting Jim Davis for missing a vote condemning Hezbollah attacks against Israel. A picture shows a bombing scene next to a snapshot of Davis, a U.S. Representative from Tampa.

"Even though Jim Davis was elected to represent our values and interests in Congress, he did not even bother to show up,” the mailer states. The resolution passed 410-8.

The ad quotes an e-mail a Davis staffer accidentally sent a Miami Herald reporter who asked about his whereabouts. “Are you good with me telling her he was talking to people of Florida about issues like education and the hurricane insurance crisis? Or we could just tell her he had Ed. Board meetings. Just let me know," campaign spokeswoman Danae Jones wrote.

The Smith campaign said Monday afternoon it was unaware of the mailer, paid for by Florida's Working Families, a Tallahassee-based electioneering communications organization (ECO). The group is run by Robert M. Hale, who did not return phone calls.

While Davis missed the vote, he did issue a statement July 17 - three days before the resolution passed - condeming the attacks. It is on his Congressional Web site.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:10pm]


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