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Gwen Graham fires back at negative ad by group that supports Andrew Gillum

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Democratic candidates for governor of Florida, clockwise from upper left: Philip Levine, Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum, Chris King.

Gwen Graham's campaign is fighting back against a negative ad hitting Florida airwaves that's sponsored by a super PAC that supports opponent Andrew Gillum.

“I am disgusted that Andrew Gillum would allow a secret-money group to run a false attack against a fellow Democrat,” Graham said in response to the ad.

The ad was paid for by The Collective, a PAC that supports black candidates. It will air in West Pam Beach and in cable markets throughout the state, according to Politico.

According to Politico, the PAC is spending $782,000 for the 30-second spot. But the PAC's Federal Elections Commission reports show it's only taken in $167,000

The spot criticizes Graham, a former Congresswoman from Tallahassee, for not being liberal enough to be governor.

"Gwen Graham says she is the progressive Democrat for governor," the ad says. "But while in Congress she voted against President Obama 52 percent of the time. Graham trashed Obamacare. Voted with the big banks. And she voted for the Keystone XL pipeline - twice. Graham stood with Republican leaders over President Obama and Florida Democrats. Gwen Graham is not the progressive she claims to be."

That's been a consistent theme for Gillum, who is trailing in the polls but hopes to gain traction among the four Democratic candidates for governor by appearing the most liberal. 

The Graham campaign shot back by noting that Gillum denounced "dark money flowing into Florida" in a February tweet.

The Gillum camp responded to the ad by doubling down on their criticism:

"In this race no candidate will be able to run from their voting record, but if we had a choice in this ad, we’d want Mayor Gillum’s progressive record to be the focus," communications director Geoff Burgan said. "The Graham campaign seems to be uncomfortable with her own voting record."

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