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Lisa Montelione ghosts her own TV ad

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House District 63 Democratic candidate Lisa Montelione is up on the air with a television ad, and it’s a little more unconventional than what you’re used to seeing.

The ad begins with what is described by the narrator as a “commercial film set,” where we quickly meet the director, cameraman, as well as a technical crew — but no actual candidate.

Montelelione’s face then does show up inside a picture frame, with the narrator saying that “she’s busy working on things that matter.”

“So yes, Lisa wants a commercial,” the narrator concludes. “She’s just too busy working on things that matter, to being in one.”

Montelione is running against Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison is what is expected to be a close contest.

Harrison has raised $199,953 as of Sept. 30, with $116,398 cash-on-hand.

Montelione has raised $147,710, and has $114,020 cash-on-hand.

Florida House District 59 includes Brandon, Riverview, and Valrico.

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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