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Joe Redner to Dana Young in new TV ad: “You are the government”

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In his latest campaign television ad, independent Joe Redner is mocking Republican Dana Young’s own campaign spots.

“My opponent likes to talk about puppies,” begins the ad, which then cuts to Young’s much talked about campaign spot featuring cute puppies. “Puppy ads are great,” Redner says. “It tells you what Dana Young can do when she’s not being paid off by the special interests.”

The ad then cuts to the climax of another Young ad where she stares into the camera and asks, “Has government lost its mind?”

Redner repeats the line, and then says, “You’ve been in the Legislature for six years, Dana. You are the government!”

When asked to comment, Young said, “I’m glad that Mr. Redner likes my commercials enough to feature them in his.”

The ad begin running this weekend.

The 76-year old Redner has run for local and state office multiple times over the years in Hillsborough County, but he’s never expended the resources that he is in his current bid to win the newly created seat, which encompasses South Tampa and most of western Hillsborough County.

The state Senate District 18 seat is a four-person affair. In addition to Young and Redner, Democrat Bob Buesing and independent Sheldon Upthegrove are also in the race.

As of September 30, Redner had spent $214,079 on his campaign, much of it his own pockets.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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