A political committee backed by wealthy Miami auto magnate Norman Braman has put out a radio ad against the four incumbent Miami-Dade commissioners on the Aug. 14 ballot.
Braman, who bankrolled last year's recall of county Mayor Carlos Alvarez, recruited candidates to challenge Commissioners Dennis Moss, Barbara Jordan, Audrey Edmonson and Bruno Barreiro. The minute-long ad on Spanish-language radio is paid for by Braman's electioneering communications organization, Change for Miami-Dade Now.
It highlights commissioners' approval for the new Miami Marlins ballpark, an increase in the property-tax rate (which commissioners reversed last year) and commissioners' office budgets, some of which is used at commissioners' discretion to fund community-based organizations. (The ad refers to that money as "commissioners' bribing funds.")
"In the August 14 elections, say no more to this group of four: Commissioners Barreiro, Edmonson, Jordan and Moss," a man's voice says in Spanish. "It's time to stop complaining and do something about it. Say no more to thise group of four. We have to vote on August 14."
The ad also gives listeners a phone number to call the committee and ask for an absentee ballot. Absentees begin going out next week.