Curt Clawson’s new ad asks for “Quiet” in CD 19 GOP primary

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All Curt Clawson wants this week is a little “Quiet.”

In contrast to the near-constant barrage of negative ads coming from his GOP opponents, the embattled former CEO launched a new digital ad calling for “peace and quiet” in the last week of the GOP primary for Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

The ad — called “Quiet” — is a nearly wordless 30 seconds of a beach sunset, superimposed with the words: “A break from attack ads from Lizbeth Benacquisto & Paige Kreegel’s friends,” then adding that his opponents promised they wouldn’t run any more attacks “but the negative ads keep coming.”

Other than the sound of waves, the only voice heard is the Bonita Springs Republican “approving this message.”

“We aren’t surprised that the career politicians have broken their word as their SuperPAC’s continue to flood the airwaves with dishonest negative attack ads,” Clawson said in a statement issued on Monday. “We are launching a new ad this morning with 30 seconds of peace and quiet to bring attention to the fact that these career politicians continue running nasty negative ads despite their commitment to the contrary.”

Early voting began Saturday for the April 22 Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel.

Clawson faces Benacquisto, currently Florida Senate Majority Leader, Kreegel, a former state representative, and aviation authority Michael Dreikorn. The winner will face Democrat April Freeman, Libertarian Party candidate Ray Netherwood and write-in candidate Timothy Rossano in the June 24 general election.

The ad is also available on YouTube.

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