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Pro-Marleine Bastien group blasts Rudy Moise

Ever since Florida New Majority, a progressive community group, endorsed Haitian-American activist Marleine Bastien to replace Kendrick Meek in Congress, the group has been sending out mailers promoting Bastien as "a fresh face" and "a new way."

But as of this week, no more playing nice.

The group says it has sent out two mailers attacking Rudy Moise, who has put more than $1 million of his own money into his campaign in a race that features nine Democratic candidates.

One advertisement focuses on a $500,000 loan a Moise-owned radio station received from the Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust. Moise did not pay back the loan after the station went under. "Rudy, pay back the taxpayers first," the ad reads, "before you loan yourself money to run for office." The other mailer blasts Moise for taking a majority of campaign contributions from the health care industry and real estate developers.

In 2007, Moise said he would repay the loan some day even though he doesn't have to. He told the Miami New Times in a story this week that he has no personal obligation to pay off the loan, which was made to the corporation that ran the radio station and not to him personally. "I was the single biggest loser in this deal," Moise said.


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