Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is going negative as he kicks off his campaign against Democratic challenger Mary Barzee Flores.
Diaz-Balart, a Republican who hasn't faced a competitive reelection bid since 2008, launched his first television ad on Wednesday titled "Just Wrong."
The ad, which will air in Miami-Dade and Collier Counties, opens with a tweet by Barzee Flores opposing President Donald Trump's decision to rollback the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama. Then, the screen shows Barzee Flores' federal financial disclosure form showing that her husband Hector Flores works as an attorney at Barzee Flores LLP before cutting to Flores' bio page on the firm's website which states "Hector L. Flores has handled numerous federal criminal trials and appeals, including death penalty, complex white-collar defense and international arms and narcotics conspiracies."
The ad argues Flores' firm "boast about defending criminals that arranged millions of dollars of arms shipments to Iran in violation of the U.S. arms embargo."
"Making money at the expense of our national security, and now wanting to represent us in Congress, is just wrong," the ad concludes.
Barzee Flores argued that Diaz-Balart is attacking her family because he doesn't want to talk about his own record.
.@mariodb’s 1st ad is an attack on my family— Mary Barzee Flores (@MBFforCongress) July 18, 2018
B/c after 30yrs in office, here’s his record:
✅ repeated votes to strip healthcare
✅ raising the cost of Rx drugs while raking in $$$ from Big Pharma
✅ no significant bills passed
✅ millions in corporate PAC $ raised
Diaz-Balart's Miami-based district extends across the Everglades to suburban Naples, and is the most conservative of the three Miami-Dade seats currently held by Republicans. Neither Barzee Flores or Diaz-Balart face primary opposition, and outside groups are likely to spend millions on the race.
Watch the ad below: