New video, website blast Colleen Burton as “just too liberal” for HD 40

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Republican Colleen Burton is “just too liberal,” according to a new video attacking the former Polk Vision director in her bid for House District 40.

The 30-second ad— with an accompanying website at – focuses on her “liberal plan” that engineered the “largest tax increase” in Polk County history, with a raise in property taxes of 23 percent and an increase in utility taxes of “up to 500 percent.”

Both the ad and website are sponsored by a group called Families for Lower Taxes, based in Melbourne.

Polk Vision is described as a “community-led partnership of organizations, businesses, government and individuals acting collectively to ensure implementation of Polk County’s community vision.”

However, the ad points to a long-term vision plan put out by Polk Vision, which Burton was a director, that suggest the possibility of an amnesty program for immigrants:

… Understand the hardship of illegal immigrants and help them take steps necessary to obtain driver’s license and legal status as residents of Polk County.  Recruit agencies to Polk County to facilitate the immigration process.  Promote opportunities to learn English, earn a GED and receive skills training.

Burton is facing John Shannon in the Aug. 26 GOP primary to succeed the powerful term-limited Rep. Seth McKeel in a Republican-leaning district covering much of metropolitan Lakeland and Polk County.

The winner will face Democrat Ricky Shirah and American Independent Party candidate Franklin Shoemaker in November.

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