Over the weekend, Republican congressional hopeful Marili Cancio went on TV for the first time, touting herself as someone "for the people and not for special interest groups" -- and attacking the GOP front runner in the race, state Rep. David Rivera.
"One thing is what he says. The other is what he does," the ad says of Rivera. "He's trying to fool you once again."
The ad shows screen shots of reports that Rivera went to a fundraiser instead of to a candidate forum, and that his campaign solicited Florida International University's 4,000 employees for campaign contributions.
The third Republican in the race, Paul Crespo, has been hammering on Rivera on Spanish-language radio for some time, saying Rivera "can't be trusted." Crespo's ad says Rivera was part of a legislature that raised fees, was less than forthright about his relationship with a Cuban-trade backer and sued the Miami-Dade GOP. (Records show Rivera successfully sued the party in 1993 for about $7,000 wages it owed him.)
Rivera has been on TV for some time. He has repeatedly vowed that he will carry out a positive campaign for the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.