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Atwater airs first ad in CFO race

by Dara Kam | October 6th, 2010

Senate President Jeff Atwater, the GOP chief financial officer candidate, released his first statewide television ad less than a month before the Nov. 2 election.

Atwater, in a polo shirt, stands before a chalkboard in the “Chalk Talk” ad, instructing viewers about how he supports lower taxes, smaller government and less red tape to help grow Florida’s economy.

Atwater’s positive ad makes no mention of his opponent, former state Rep. Loranne Ausley. The Tallahassee Democrat has attacked the North Palm Beach banker for his role in the legislature’s spending on a $110 million private prison that cost at least 70 prison workers their jobs and a $38 million luxury appeals court. And she hammered him for not hiring an auditing firm to scrutinize lobbyist expenditure and compensation reports.

Atwater hit back with a reminder that Ausley sponsored a bill that would have watered-down the gift ban that prohibits lawmakers from accepting gifts from lobbyists. Her bill would have allowed lawmakers to wine and dine at official functions as long as the value of the food or drinks was less than $20.

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3 Responses to “Atwater airs first ad in CFO race”

  1. ABA Says:

    Anyone But Atwater

  2. Bennett Says:

    All this ad says is Atwater can hold a piece of chalk (maybe, but it might be his stunt double). He’s not giving voters anything besides the typical empty rhetoric all the Republicans are spewing. And now he’s also rehashing Glenn Beck’s antics. Do you even have anything to contribute to Florida? Bad form “Senator Jeff,” bad form.

  3. Jason Says:

    What fresh ideas! If only we had Republicans spewing such rhetoric at us before the economy went into a tailspin. Oh wait…

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