Pro-Mitt Romney PAC to Florida TV stations: Air our ads

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A pro-Mitt Romney super PAC is demanding that Florida television stations keep airing its television ads critical of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich after Gingrich’s lawyers asked they be removed for inaccuracies.

The spat surrounds how the super PAC, Restore Our Future, characterizes how Gingrich was “fined” $300,000 for ethics violations while serving as speaker of the House.

“[A]n account of Gingrich’s record that is well-established and has been confirmed by countless publications and fact-check organizations since the late 1990s,” wrote Restore Our Future counsel Charles Spies, a former Romney staffer, in a letter obtained by POLITICO. “Now, perhaps understanding how damaging this ethical baggage is for Mr. Gingrich’s electoral prospects, his campaign is desperately grasping at straws to attempt to shield the public from being reminded of the facts regarding the former Speaker’s ethics violations.”

Spies of Restore Our Future asked any stations considering pulling the super PAC’s ads to talk with him first.

“We trust you will make the right decision by continuing to air ROF’s ad and allowing the people of Florida to hear the facts about their candidates for President,” Spies wrote. “If you have any questions, or believe that this ad is somehow unfit for airing on your station, we ask that you contact us immediately to discuss this matter further.”

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