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Environmental group touts Republican Curbelo in TV ads


The political arm of one of the country's largest environmental groups has cut TV ads in English and Spanish supporting Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo -- the first sign of outside money on the air in the competitive South Florida congressional race.

EDF Action, an arm of the moderate Environmental Defense Fund, recently announced its plans to back Curbelo's reelection. His district, the southernmost in Florida, is surrounded by the Florida Everglades, the Florida Keys and Biscayne National Park. 

"Congressman Curbelo has been a strong voice for climate action and clean energy," EDF Action President Elizabeth Thompson said in an Aug. 29 statement. "If we're going to solve this great challenge, we'll need bipartisan support -- and leaders like Carlos Curbelo. He recognizes that clean energy jobs are booming and it's time that the Sunshine State got its fair share."

Curbelo faces a Democratic challenge from former Rep. Joe Garcia.