New ad says Dwight Dudley voted for Duke Energy nuclear fees before opposing them

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Dwight Dudley voted to allow Duke Energy to charge the fees that he now fervently opposes, says a new campaign ad in the House District 68 race.

The Democratic incumbent claims to “fight for us,” says the ad from GOP opponent Bill Young, “but when he has the chance to fight, he just sells us out,” siding with Duke Energy to charge consumers for a nuclear power plant that may never be built.

Much of Dudley’s campaign platform rests on protesting those Duke Energy fees, as he calls for the utility to refund back to Pinellas County consumers.

The 30-second spot, set for release today, also points to Dudley’s support of the Greenlight Pinellas transit initiative, which seeks to raise the county sales tax rate to 8 percent – the highest in Florida.

“That’s outrageous,” a woman tells the camera.

Dudley faces first-time GOP challenger Young, son of the late Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, for the seat covering eastern Pinellas County and parts of Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg.

“Dwight Dudley Sided with Duke Energy” is now available on YouTube.

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