U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross releases new television and radio ads

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U.S. Representative Dennis Ross today released two broadcast advertisements for his re-election campaign in Congressional District 15. The ad will begin running on television and radio stations tomorrow.

The 30-second T.V. spot opens with Ross sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck with a pile of firewood in the bed and a white house with a large, well-manicured yard in the background.

“As a lifelong Floridian who’s raised his own family here I understand the challenges we face,” Ross says in the ad. “That’s why I oppose amnesty and have fought to secure our borders.”

The ad then cuts to images of Ross speaking with constituents along a Mainstreetesque sidewalk. One constituent is a young woman. He also speaks with an elderly man in a snazzy hat and an older couple. Twice there are prominent American flags in the background.

“It’s why I stood up to the federal government to protect your privacy,” the ad continues with Ross’ voice. “And it’s why I introduced legislation to guarantee veterans get the timely healthcare they deserve.”

His campaign is also releasing a 60-second radio ad. Both spots are called “Together” and feature some of the same lines. The radio version, however, adds a female narrator.

“Gridlock is at an all time high. That’s why we need a problem solver like Dennis Ross. Ross is running for Congress to bring commonsense, conservative solutions to Washington.”

The narrator then goes on to ask voters to listen to Dennis Ross followed by the same message as the T.V. ad. The longer version does add a couple of bullet points.

“It’s why I helped write the flood insurance laws to help protect Florida homeowners from outrageous government increase,” Ross says in the ad. “Most important, it’s why I introduced legislation to guarantee veterans get the timely healthcare they deserve.”

Ross is running against former Tampa broadcast journalist Alan Cohn. Prior to being elected to Congress, Ross was a lawyer and small business owner in Lakeland and he also served in the Florida legislature.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.