Nothing like striking while the iron's hot.
Four days before Tuesday's primary election, a Tallahassee-based electioneering communications organization run by former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla is putting out robocalls calling for the recall of Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo.
Bovo's former aide, Anamary Pedrosa, has been questioned by authorities in connection to 164 absentee ballots she delivered to a post office after they were dropped off -- most by ballot brokers known as boleteros -- at Bovo's Hialeah district office.
"Commissioner Steve Bovo thinks he can fool us," the robocall says, adding that Bovo's district offic is "at the heart" of an investigation into voter fraud. "Let's stop Steve Bovo's clowning around."
The narrator gives a phone number to call for a form to file a petition to oust Bovo. ("Say no to fraud. Say no to this clown. Say no to Bovo.")
"Bovo needs to be recalled," said Diaz de la Portilla, who heads Citizens Desiring Accountable Government, an ECO registered with the state division of elections last month. "He is an embarrassment. People need honest leaders and integrity in government. They don't need their elected officials to have their offices used as a place where votes can be stolen."
Said Bovo: "It's campaign season, and all this stuff is par for the course, I guess."
Diaz de la Portilla is running for Florida House in a Little Havana-based district. His younger brother, however, is vying for a House seat in Hialeah. Renier Diaz de la Portilla is facing Manny Diaz Jr., who has been backed by Hialeah's political establishment -- including Bovo.
--PATRICIA MAZZEI AND MARC CAPUTO