In his latest television commercial, U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia continues to hammer Carlos Curbelo over calling Medicare and Social Security a "Ponzi scheme." That's in case any interested voter has somehow managed to miss the phrase in a barrage of advertising from the Democratic incumbent against his Republican challenger.
The twist to the spot that began airing Wednesday: The ad throws in a mention to Charles and David Koch, the industrialist brothers whose outside groups have spent big bucks to attack the congressman. That's in addition to continuing to call Curbelo a tea-partier, even though the Republican Miami-Dade County school board member supports same-sex marriage and immigration reform.
"Oil billionaires are propping up Curbelo and tea party Republicans to buy support for their radical plans to privatize Social Security," the ad says.
Curbelo's campaign called the spot misleading -- and repeated Curbelo's debate line trying to turn the tea-party tables on Garcia.
"The only candidate with ties to the tea party is Joe Garcia, whose campaign is under federal criminal investigation for recruiting and likely financing tea party candidate Roly Arrojo," Curbelo spokesman Wadi Gaitan said in a statement.