Direct mail round-up: Democrats cry foul over graphic Ross Spano mailer attacking Gail Gottlieb

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Hillsborough Democrats are up in arms over this mailer from Republican Ross Spano’s campaign in HD 59, which attacks Democrat Gail Gottlieb by implying she is some sort of domestic terrorist.

“It offends me that Ross Spano, my opponent, is portraying me as a terrorist for standing up for the middle class and small businesses and wanting to end corruption in Tallahassee,” said Gottlieb, the Democratic candidate for the House District 59, which includes Brandon, Riverview, Valrico, and surrounding areas. “People can have honest differences of opinion about how best to serve Floridians, but this is the kind of inflammatory campaigning that has turned so many people off of politics.”

As you can see in the mailer, there are images of a bomb-throwing terrorist and threatening demonstrators, saying that “Gail Gottlieb is trying to bring her radical chaos to Eastern Hillsborough County.”

“This mailer from Ross Spano is disgraceful and offensive, and is a bigoted attack against a strong woman candidate who has thoughtful ideas to improve the quality of life of the people of Brandon, Riverview, Valrico, and all of Florida,” said Chris Mitchell, chairman of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party. “Campaigns can be tough, but the Republican Party of Florida is way out of bounds in this despicable effort to slander a qualified woman leader.”


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