See updated comments from Gimenez after the jump.
Listeners who tuned into Friday night's Spanish-language broadcast of the Florida Marlins' game against the New York Mets got to hear an attack ad during a commercial break against Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Carlos Gimenez.
"Commissioner Carlos Gimenez does not listen to us," the ad says, calling Gimenez, a county commissioner, "a career politician." "He is against the reforms we need."
The ad -- which aired Friday night on WAQI-AM (710), known as Radio Mambí -- also says Gimenez has been on "on the taxpayers' payroll for more than 20 years," as a former Miami fire chief and city manager.
Paying for the ad: The Accountability Project, Inc., an electioneering communications organization registered to Miami political consultant Keith Donner.
Here's the twist: To produce the piece, Donner collaborated with Vanessa Brito, who runs Miami Voice, the political committee that led the recall against former County Commissioner Natacha Seijas.
"Carlos Gimenez is not the only person we will be targeting," she added, acknowledging that the ad "is pretty negative."
"It's the only way, unfortunately, that people will understand the message," Brito said. "Carlos has been very active in promoting reform and fiscal responsibility, yet he's getting two pensions. Those things are never talked about."
Gimenez has long pushed for changes to the Miami-Dade charter.
Donner said he formed the Accountability Project last year to work on several campaigns.
The organization has received some $96,000 in contributions, according to its latest filing with the state -- including $10,000 from Informing Our Community: The Truth. That's a political action committee registered to Julio Ponce, a political ally of Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, who like Gimenez is running for Miami-Dade mayor. Ponce's PAC promoted an amendment to eliminate the term limits for the office of Hialeah mayor.
Donner said his organization and the ad campaign are not linked to any county mayoral candidate. "I'm not working for anyone in the Miami-Dade mayor's race -- period," he said. Brito said neither she nor Miami Voice will endorse a candidate in the campaign.
We're waiting to hear back from Gimenez, who is in a county commission meeting Monday.
UPDATE: Gimenez's campaign responded with a statement issued late Monday in which the campaign outlined Gimenez's experience outside politics as a Miami firefighter and city manager who receives only one pension "he contributed to for more than 25 years."
The campaign also listed Gimenez's support for county charter reforms, including for term limits and an easier petition process. And it noted Ponce's ties to the Hialeah Housing Authority, an agency that is no stranger to controversy.
"It is sad that this mayoral campaign has become a tool to promote the personal agendas of certain individuals who do not have the county’s best interest at heart," Gimenez said in the statement. "The resident of Miami-Dade deserve better."