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New David Shapiro ad targets someone besides Buchanan for a change: Nancy Pelosi

In television commercials that will begin running today, Shapiro takes on Buchanan and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who wants to serve as House speaker again.
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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with the Times editorial board and reporters in St. Petersburg Wednesday afternoon (05/02/18).
DIRK SHADD | Times U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with the Times editorial board and reporters in St. Petersburg Wednesday afternoon (05/02/18).
Published Oct. 9, 2018

David Shapiro, the Sarasota Democrat taking on incumbent U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan in the race for Florida's 16th House district, has opened up a new political battle front.

Against the leader of his own party.

In television commercials that will begin running today, Shapiro takes on both Buchanan and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who wants to serve as House speaker should the Democrats take over the lower chamber in the Nov. 6 general election.

David Shapiro is challenging U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. [Times files]
David Shapiro is challenging U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. [Times files]
The commercial, called “Build,” highlights “the gridlock and partisanship that has weakened Washington, and David’s call for change on both sides of the aisle,” according to a news release from the campaign.

"My father built houses," the commercial states. "He'd tell me, 'If the foundation is weak, you have to tear the whole thing down,'" Shapiro says as he inspects the foundation of a dilapidated old building.

"And now, gridlock and partisanship are making Washington weak. We need change. Politicians like Vern Buchanan and Nancy Pelosi have to go."

Buchanan spokesman Max Goodman laughed at the idea of Shapiro taking on Pelosi.

"Listen, he is in deep panic," Goodman said. "But he will never outrun Pelosi's shadow. He was financed and recruited by her."

The ad buy is in the six-figure range, said Shapiro spokesman Alex Vuskovic, and is running in the Tampa market.

Shapiro is one of three Democrats running against Republicans in local Congressional races — along with Chris Hunter and Kristen Carlson — who say they would back someone other than Pelosi as speaker.

Their stand underscores the Democratic leader's unpopularity among some swing district voters. According to a June Gallup survey, Pelosi had just a 29 percent "favorable" rating among voters, compared to 53 percent "unfavorable."

Pelosi served as House speaker when the Democrats held the majority, 2007-2011, and is the first woman to do so. She has served as leader of the minority Democrats since then.

A spokesman for Pelosi could not immediately be reached for comment.