Direct mail round-up: Richard DeNapoli warns HD 74 voters of Julio Gonzalez’s lies

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A new direct mail piece from House District 74 GOP hopeful Richard DeNapoli gives “proof” of the lies he says are being spread by his primary opponent, Venice Republican Julio Gonzalez.

The flyer — emblazoned with a ‘Conservative Alert” stamp — asks voters to “see for yourself” about the misinformation Gonzalez and his “liberal allies” are spreading about DeNapoli, a former leader of the Broward County Republican Party.

DeNapoli implores voters to “follow the money” with Gonzalez, such as payments to an “internet blogger” (that would be The Shark Tank’s Javier Manjarres) with a checkered past and criminal record, and falling back on allies that happen to be the same medical group that wants to “expand Obamacare in Florida.” It is presumably a jab at the Florida Medical Association, which has been linked to attack ads supporting Gonzalez, an orthopedic surgeon.

Other claims in the ad are familiar to HD 74 voters: Gonzalez’s $500 contribution to liberal Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and his advocacy of denying “public and private treatments” to certain patients—just like the death panels in Obamacare.

Gonzalez, according to the ad, even admits to the false attacks he has leveled on DeNapoli.

“Don’t be fooled” by Gonzalez or his “made-up tall tales,” the ad concludes, because “the answer is simple.”

DeNapoli and Gonzalez are facing off in the August 26 GOP primary. The winner will go up against two write-in candidates in November — Robert Kaplan and Shiloh Turner — for the heavily Republican district of Osprey, Venice and parts of North Port and Englewood.

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