Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen casts herself as something of an environmentalist in a new TV ad her congressional reelection campaign released Monday.
The spot features Ros-Lehtinen at a factory where she talks about the importance of creating jobs and focusing on South Florida's economy -- which is why, she says, she "worked to arrest the effects of sea-level rise: because our community's jobs depend on pristine beaches and natural beauty."
Especially notable is that the ad is running in both English and Spanish. In South Florida's ethnic politics, most candidates typically address the environment in English, trying to appeal to non-Hispanic whites who more frequently cite that as a top issue.
Over the summer, Ros-Lehtinen a filed legislation to promote coral-reef restoration, which they said would help limit potential destruction from higher storm surge given sea-level rise. Earlier this year, she also supported a bill requiring foreign companies to be on the hook for more cleanup costs for oil spills in nearby foreign waters.
Ros-Lehtinen and Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo are seeking reelection for the first time under redrawn districts that lean more Democratic, and both are now campaigning on their positions on the environment, which is unusual for Republicans.
Ros-Lehtinen faces a challenge from Democrat Scott Fuhrman, whom she has slammed on the airwaves for weeks. He has made climate change a key issue in his campaign.