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Was Hebert too mean?



One ad suggested a judicial candidate was a tax cheat when he simply underestimated his taxes. Another said a state Senate candidate was active with the Church of Scientology when she actually is a Baptist. A third confused a House candidate's business with a California company accused of selling government secrets for profit.

All three ads were the work of the Mallard Group of Clearwater, and all three candidates behind them lost in last week's primaries.The losses came less than three months after a Pinellas-Pasco judge was kicked off the bench partly because of a misleading Mallard ad.

The Mallard Group, which earned $800,000 this election cycle, had one of its worst elections in years. Randy Johnson, a Republican candidate for chief financial officer; circuit judge candidate Robert "Bo" Michael; and six Republican state House and state Senate candidates lost their primaries. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:45pm]


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