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TV ad compares Carlos Gimenez to Carlos Alvarez

A third-party political group is out with a new ad trying to link Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Carlos Gimenez to former Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Here's what the piece says:

Carlos Alvarez drove a fancy European car at taxpayer expense. Carlos Gimenez also drove a fancy European car at taxpayer expense. Carlos Alvarez: a BMW that we paid for. Carlos Gimenez: a Mercedes-Benz that we paid for. Alvarez was the mayor. Gimenez wants to be mayor. Carlos Alvarez and Carlos Gimenez: They can't be part of the solution because both are part of the problem.

Behind the ad is The Accountability Project, which began airing ads on Spanish-language radio against Gimenez weeks ago.

The electioneering group is registered to political consultant Keith Donner, who has said his group is not linked to any political candidate, though last year it received money from Julio Ponce, an ally of Julio Robaina, considered a leading contender in the mayor's race.

WPLG-TV host Michael Putney asked Gimenez about the piece during his show, This Week in South Florida, on Sunday morning.

"My response is that anybody who knows my record knows that I have been the voice of opposition to Carlos Alvarez," Gimenez said. "I voted against the Marlins Stadium. I voted against all the union contracts. I voted against tax increases...I'm running for Miami-Dade County because I'm not Carlos Al -- My name is Carlos but not Alvarez. It's Gimenez. I'm a completely different person."

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