By Kevin Derby
Former Rep. Dennis Ross, the Republican nominee to replace U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam who is running to be Florida's next commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, launched a new commercial on Monday blasting Democratic rival Polk County Elections Supervisor Lori Edwards for backing the Obama administration.
"There are real policy differences between myself and my opponent," said Ross. "For the past 19 months, I have called on Lori Edwards to tell the voters where she stands on the most important issues of our time. During that time, Lori Edwards has tried to present herself as a conservative Blue Dog in public, while taking over $100,000 from labor unions and left-wing activists who support President Obama's government agenda. Our ad launched today will tell the voters where Lori Edwards stands on the stimulus, jobs, and taxes, and where I stand. There is nothing negative about telling the truth and these ads are based on Lori Edwards' own words. As John Adams said, 'Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.'"
"The truth is that Lori Edwards supports the Obama stimulus, cap-and-trade, raising taxes on small businesses, and has taken over $100,000 from radical labor unions who never met a bailout they didn't like," added Fred Piccolo, a spokesman for Ross. "It is time the voters of District 12 got the truth about a candidate whose first vote will be for Nancy Pelosi. In November, voters will have two choices: continue down the path of debt, taxes and government, or choose conservative solutions, responsibility and real change. Voters deserve to know the facts about both candidates' positions before they make that choice."