GOP candidate Budd highlights financial setbacks in his debut adby George Bennett | January 7th, 2010
Republican congressional hopeful Joe Budd moved to Florida after a business failure left him $600,000 in debt. That information comes not from an opponent’s attack ad but from Budd himself in his first 30-second spot before the Feb. 2 special GOP primary.
Budd, who often brings up the the business setback on the campaign trail, says he does so to highlight character issues and to let voters know he understands tough economic times.
“Instead of filing bankruptcy, I worked hard and sacrificed to pay it off,” he says in the ad. “…I understand your fears and concerns, having lived through them myself.”
The ad is on the Internet only now, but Budd says he plans a small cable TV buy later this month.
Budd, Ed Lynch and Curt Price are running in the Republican primary for the seat of retired Democrat Robert Wexler. Democrats Ted Deutch and Ben Graber and no-party candidate Jim McCormick are also running. The general election is April 13 to fill the Palm Beach-Broward District 19 seat.