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New TV ad attacks GOP Miami house candidate over residency



A new TV ad accuses a Miami house candidate of lying about where he lives because he identified his residence as a home under construction.

The ad by Jose Mallea attacks Daniel Perez, his Republican rival competing in the House District 116 primary.

"He said his opponent Jose Mallea didn't live in the district," the ad narrator says. "Lie. It's actually Perez who doesn't live in the district -- unless he lives in a house with no roof."

The Kendall home where Perez says he lives has no roof and is under construction, the Miami Herald reported. Perez listed the home on campaign documents and his voter registration and gets a homestead exemption on the property.

Perez previously told the Herald that while the home is under construction he is staying in an apartment with his father in the district but wouldn't provide the address.

Florida requires legislators to live in the districts they represent by Election Day. If Perez wins the July 25 primary, he would then advance to the Sept. 26 general election. Perez previously told the Herald he's unsure if construction on his new home will be finished by Sept. 26.

Perez previously debuted a TV ad attacking Mallea for not living in the district -- though Mallea says he moved into a Doral rental apartment within district boundaries on June 15.

The ad, which starts running on TV Friday, also attacks Perez for a trip he took to Cuba

Perez, a lawyer, and Mallea, a former aide to Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, are competing in the district being vacated by Jose Felix Diaz who is running for state senate.