Political ad watch: Aaron Bean plays the Jeb card

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A group is hitting the airwaves with a new ad in support of GOP state Senate candidate Aaron Bean, reports Matt Dixon of the Florida Times-Union.

The video is from a Jacksonville rally former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush headlined for Bean in November. “I’m very proud of principle-centered leaders like Aaron Bean,” said Bush, who is shown standing behind a podium at the event.

The video was paid for by the Florida Liberty Foundation of Florida and was cut by the Adam Goodman-led Victory Group.

It’s his neck of the woods, Abel Harding weighs in first:

“I found it very telling that the ad opened with a mention of Jacksonville. Redistricting complicated Aaron Bean’s plans a bit. He’s not from Jacksonville and he’ll now have to build name ID in the city that dominates the redrawn district he wants to represent.”
“There’s a lot of talk of faith and little talk of the economy, but that may be the way to make inroads in a district dominated by conservative, faith-based voters.”
“And of course, it never hurts to have Jeb Bush praise a GOP candidate by name.”
“Not a terribly imaginative ad, but not a bad idea to roll out the Bush endorsement so early.”

Dave Trotter believes it is important for a conservative to “corner” the conservative market first.

“Aaron Bean has done that with this ad. Bringing Jeb Bush and John Thrasher into the ad helps him secure those conservative credentials for the primary.”

“Anyone looking into this ad as being run by “special interest groups” are looking further into it than the average voter, especially in the Republican primary. They don’t care what group runs what ad. The idea is to get the message out there, and this is exactly the broad type of message promoting conservatism that Bean needs.  Mike Weinstein and  Wyman Duggan will now have to “one up” Bean, which I think will now be impossible. The “kingmaker” Jeb Bush has anointed Bean.”

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.