Watch here: Brutal TV spot targets HD 2 candidate Ed Gray

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A day after House District 2 Republicans started to receive in the mail a flyer from Nature Coast Conservatives bashing Mike Hill for not living in the district, an Electioneering Communications Organization (ECO) has bought significant cable and some broadcast time to air the spot below which targets former Gulf Breeze Ed Gray. 

“Ed Gray’s deals were investigated by federal authorities and a grand jury for potential criminal violations,” reads a female narrator as unflattering photos of Gray play on screen

The narrator then says, “Ed Gray’s group was forced to pay $1 million to settle an IRS case, and he even secured millions in Obama stimulus dollars for one of his projects.” (I guess securing Obama stimulus dollars rates worse than “criminal violations.”)

The ad is paid for by the Committee to Protect Florida.

Earlier in the campaign, mailers targeting former Pensacola City Councilman Jack Nobles and Gray served as a flashpoint in the race. 

In an interview, Nobles declined to comment in depth about the mailers, which, like this TV spot does to Gray, paint Nobles and Gray as “two career politicians” who have voted to raise taxes. Gray declined to speak to a reporter about the negative attacks, saying he was focusing his time on contacting voters.

Hill said his campaign isn’t responsible for the mailers, but he backed up their message and said the attacks against Gray and Nobles weren’t personal. 

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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