For weeks, Miami auto magnate and civic activist Norman Braman has been airing television and radio ads in English and Spanish against four incumbent MIami-Dade commissioners. Braman recruited a slate of candidates to try to oust Commissioners Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan and Dennis Moss.
Now an electioneering communications organization backed by the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Marlins is fighting back.
Miami Dade Citizens for Real Reform is airing a television spot featuring a red curtain with a spotlight. The curtains open to reveal a puppetmaster with Braman's face on it pulling the strings of the candidates he's supporting: Luis Garcia, Alison Austin, Shirley Gibson and Alice Pena.
Here's what the ad says:
"Shame on Norman Braman for trying to hijack democracy, trying to buy the election, trying to put his cronies in office, trying to bully the commission. Shirley Gibson... Alison Austin... Alice Pena... Luis Garcia... Shame on you for allowing Braman to pay for your campaign. If he pays for you now, he'll own you later."