National Democrats wasted no time Wednesday to go after Carlos Curbelo, the Republican who won Tuesday's primary and will face Miami Congressman Joe Garcia in November.
In a web video titled "Why We Can't Trust Carlos," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee used video footage from the primary in which GOP opponent Ed MacDougall criticized Curbelo for failing to disclose the clients of his media and public relations firm. Mitt Romney, who endorsed Curbelo and was in Miami raising money for him last week, is also featured.
"Accused of hiding his income and helping his powerful friends, what else does Carlos Curbelo have in common with Mitt Romney?" the video says.
Also in the video: Elaine de Valle, the political blogger whom Curbelo has accused of pay-to-play. She has denied it.
Web videos usually provide little campaign news, and they often reach very few voters. But this one, coming the day after the election, underscores that the Democrats' line of attack against Curbelo between now and the Nov. 4 general election will be to go after his character. Curbelo has tried to run as the candidate of integrity, highlighting that Garcia's former chief of staff ended up is jail and has a pending federal investigation against him.
UPDATE: Turns out the National Republican Congressional Committee also weighed in on the race late Tuesday, noting that Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report tweeted that Curbelo's margin of victory -- he won with 47 percent of the vote in a five-way race -- could make him the "ever-so-slight fave" over Garcia.
"Carlos Curbelo offers South Florida families a chance to vote for a representative that actually has their best interest in mind, unlike Garcia who is just looking for his next election to rig," NRCC spokeswoman Katie Prill said.
Garcia, it should be noted, has not been implicated in any wrongdoing.
UPDATE #2: Curbelo's communications director, Wadi Gaitan, called the DCCC's attack "frivolous."
"While the DCCC is trying to pivot from the cloud of controversy and scandals surrounding Joe Garcia and his campaign – including the fact that his campaign remains under FBI investigation for the potential illegal financing of a straw candidate – Carlos Curbelo, contrary to Joe Garcia, can proudly campaign on the values of honest, ethical, and responsible leadership," Gaitan said in a statement.