Gwen Graham is launching the first TV ad of her campaign for governor today, a $1.1 million ad buy in the Orlando and Tampa markets.
And in it, the former congresswoman makes her introduction to voters: Mom. PTA president. Democrat. Daughter of former governor and senator Bob Graham.
And her father makes an appearance. Doubtless, she's hoping the elder Graham is still a familiar face in a state where he was revered when he was in office. He hasn't been on the ballot since 1998.
The ad is airing on broadcast and cable over the next two weeks.
Here's the transcript:
Announcer: Whether raising three kids or in Gwen Graham’s service as a PTA president…
Graham: Everything I do is through the prism of being a mom
Announcer: Democrat Gwen Graham. In Congress, Gwen applied lessons from her father, Bob Graham. Now, Gwen is running for governor.
Graham: Twenty years with one party running everything with all the wrong priorities. The Florida Legislature have not taken Medicaid expansion. They have hurt education. They have used the lottery to reduce funding. But we’re gonna take it back.
Announcer: For Governor — Democrat Gwen Graham
Graham is facing off against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, Orlando entrepreneur Chris King and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine in the August primary.