Democrat Joe Garcia has begun airing television spots in his congressional campaign against incumbent Miami Republican Rep. David Rivera.
One spot is aimed at Miami-Dade. The other targets the Florida Keys. Congressional District 26 runs from Kendall to Key West.
The Miami-Dade ad, titled "Enough," makes an indirect reference to the investigations that have plagued Rivera, over his personal and campaign finances and over whether he helped steer tens of thousands of unreported dollars to a primary opponent of Garcia's.
"Scandals, corruption, partisan infighting -- no wonder people have lost faith in Congress," Garcia says on the spot, filmed in part in Homestead's Harris Field. "I say enough is enough."
The ad features Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace, who in his nearly three decades in power has amassed his share of critics (including some cited in this Miami New Times article). Wallace has never been charged with any wrongdoing. (Neither has Rivera.)
The second ad, titled "Captain Worthington," features commercial fisherman and Marathon Mayor Pete Worthington.