David Silvers “hides from the truth,” says new Bill Hager ad in HD 89

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Democrat David Silvers’ business experience goes under the microscope once again in a new ad released today by the Republican Party of Florida.

Silvers faces two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Hager in House District 89, which covers parts of Palm Beach County.

“David Silver stood by as his company collapsed,” the narrator says in the 30-second spot, titled “Seeking the Truth.”

Workers were fired, and Silvers rewarded himself and his family with $1.5 million in pay and bonuses.

Much of Silvers’ business experience was with Tekno Books, a book-licensing firm that specializes in developing and marketing electronic books. Tenko is a subsidiary of Hollywood Media, run by Silvers’ mother, Laurie, and his stepfather, Mitchell Rubenstein. Before his time at Tenko, Silvers served as product director at Hollywood.com, another subsidiary of Hollywood Media.

In 1989, both Rubenstein and Laurie Silvers founded the Sci-Fi Channel, selling it to USA Network in 1992.

“David Silvers hides the truth, but Bill Hager finds the truth,” the narrator continues.

Hager worked to make government more transparent, according to the ad.

“Too often government works for itself,” Hagar says. “I promise to watch out for you.”

“Seeking the Truth” is now available on YouTube.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.