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Courting Cuban exiles

The Republican Party of Florida has launched a new ad linking Democrat Jim Davis to a villain that to Cuban-Americans, looms even larger than Saddam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden: Fidel Castro. Check it out at or

The Spanish-language ad rips the Tampa congressman and candidate for governor for visiting Cuba but fails to mention that he met with leading dissidents. 

"I did not see Fidel Castro while I was there,'' he told The Miami Herald in August. "I wanted to see for myself the plight of the Cuban people, and I came back more convinced than ever that Fidel Castro has treated his people miserably.''

In related news, the ACLU asked a judge Thursday to suspend a state law that bans universities in Florida from allowing travel to Cuba for research and academic exchanges. Read more about the lawsuit here.