Julio Gonzalez responds to “horrific” HD 74 campaign attacks with positive “Meet Martha” ad

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HD 74 candidate Julio Gonzalez released a video statement on Wednesday responding to a series of “horrific” campaign attacks on his “deeply held reverence for all life.”

Gonzalez, who faces attorney Richard DeNapoli in the August 26 primary for House District 74, accuses an “unidentified group” of “making horrifically false attacks” on the oaths he took as both a physician and active duty Naval Officer. Many of the attacks center on controversial passages taken from his 220-page Health Care Reform: The Truth.

Opponents have gone as far as calling Gonzalez “liberal Doctor Death Panel.”

As the first in a series of campaign advertisements, “Meet Martha” is a 30-second digital spot— now available on YouTube — starting with Gonzalez asserting his sworn oath as a physician, vowing to “never do harm.”

The doctor then introduces his sister Martha, a woman with developmental disabilities, showing that she has taught him “exactly how precious every life is.”

“That’s why my opponent’s false attacks are so hurtful,” he adds.

Gonzalez says that the goal of the ads will be to bring “positive messaging” into the District 74 race; he finishes with an appeal to supporters to donate to his campaign, as a way to help him share his positive message with others. HD 74 is the staunchly Republican region covering Osprey, Venice and parts of North Port and Englewood.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.