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Congressional GOP candidates roll out TV ads


Voters of Florida's 26th congressional district: time to turn on the TV.

Two of the five Republicans running in a primary to challenge Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia have launched advertisements to introduce themselves to the district, which extends from Kendall to Key West.

The first one to release ads was Cutler Bay Ed MacDougall, whose spot, "A Proven Record," began running a few weeks ago. It notes MacDougall's two military deployments in Vietnam and his careers as a Miami-Dade police officer and real-estate entrepreneur. (Also featured are the Mercedes-Benz Smart cars he has been using for his business for years.)

As mayor, he says in the ad, "I have kept taxes low and the community safe."

On Thursday, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo released two ads of his own -- "Too Long" in English, "Gran Comunidad" (great community) in Spanish.

“It's not easy to clean up the mess when it's been sitting for too long," Curbelo says in the English-language piece. "Like corrupt politicians. They get rich. We get forgotten. We need new leaders who will look out for Florida families, not themselves."

While both Curbelo ads touch on the same themes of integrity, fatherhood and education, the spots aren't identical, which is unusual -- and expensive. Curbelo has raised far more than his primary opponents, according to the latest campaign finance reports. 

Former Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez and attorney Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck are also in the race.

Watch the ads below.