Arriving in House District 30 mailboxes today was what has to be the first attack-mailer of the 2014 election cycle.
The target? Bob Cortes, a businessman who served on the Longwood City Commission and eventually rose to deputy mayor, hoping to win the seat back for the Republicans from Democratic incumbent Karen Castor Dentel.
But before Cortes can face-off against Castor-Dentel, he must face Scott Sturgill, owner of Durable Safety Products and a member of the Seminole County Soil & Water Conservation.
So are Sturgill’s allies responsible for the mailer, which attempts to damage Cortes by highlighting his connection to Hans Hertell, the ex-ambassador to the Dominican Republic who has been implicated in a major drug investigation by the FBI.
Or are Castor Dentel’s Democratic friends behind the mailer? One political consultant familiar with the race said they would not put it past the Dems to attack Cortes now in order for Castor Dentel to have a better shot of facing Sturgill in the general election.
Who’s behind the mailer may not even be the most interesting question. That would be: Is this the earliest a negative mailer has been sent in a legislative race?
It is, after all, 470 days before Election Day.