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First Joe Garcia reelection ad hits Spanish-language radio airwaves


In a bit of serendipitous timing, U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia will debut his first reelection ad on Spanish-language radio Thursday -- the morning after news broke that federal authorities have intensified their investigation into his 2010 campaign manager.

The 60-second ad, titled Valentía (Courage), refers to Garcia's grandmother Eulalia's "courage to confront the communists to protect her family." (The courageous act in question is not detailed.)

"She taught her grandson, Joe Garcia, love and great values, such as how to always do the right thing, no matter the consequence," the ad says. In an appeal to older Hispanics, the ad also refers to Garcia "protecting" Medicare.

And it makes a jab at Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo, accusing him of "doing things only for his own benefit" and noting that he won't disclose the clients of his government and public relations firm, Capitol Gains, which is registered to his wife.

"Mr. Curbelo supports the tea party and wants to end the Medicare guarantee, hurting our retirees. And now we learn that Carlos Curbelo has a lobbying firm and is hiding the client list."

It's likely only a matter of time before Curbelo, who has already been bashing Garcia over the ongoing federal investigation, to unveil his own ads for the 26th congressional district, which extends from Westchester to Key West.