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North Florida Neighbors funds media buy for Matt Gaetz

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As the clock ticks down to Tuesday’s primary election, a super PAC backing Matt Gaetz in Florida’s 1st Congressional District has made another media buy to support his candidacy.

Campaign finance records show that North Florida Neighbors paid Dallas’ Scott Howell & Co.advertising firm a little more than $24,000 last Thursday.

The group recently financed a pro-Gaetz spot burnishing his conservative bona fides on veterans’ advocacy and anti-terrorism.

The deeply conservative 1st District in the state’s Panhandle is home to Hurlburt Field, Eglin AFB and the Pensacola Naval Air Station, home of the Blue Angels.

Gaetz, a GOP state representative from Fort Walton Beach, faces state Sen. Greg Evers and six other Republicans on Tuesday.

They’re vying to replace to current Congressman Jeff Miller, who has represented the area since 2001. Miller decided not to run for another term.

North Florida Neighbors also supports conservative Panama City urological surgeon Neal Dunn in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

For instance, it’s behind a website attacking primary opponent Mary Thomas‘ conservative record. She’s general counsel to the Department of Elder Affairs under Gov. Rick Scott. Former federal prosecutor Ken Sukhia also is in the mix.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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