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Curbelo wants TV to take down DCCC ad 'riddled with inaccuracies'


Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo wants local TV stations to stop airing an ad from the Democratic Party because PolitiFact rated some of its claims "Mostly False."

Curbelo's campaign sent station managers a letter Monday from attorney Elizabeth Beacham White urging them to take down the ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which the campaign said  "is riddled with inaccuracies."

"[Y]our network is not obligated to air any advertisements from third parties, such as the DCCC, as third parties have no guaranteed right of access to air their advertisements on your network," she wrote.

PolitiFact Florida found it misleading for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to say that Curbelo "supports drilling offshore" and "repeatedly voted against President Obama's ability to fight pollution and combat climate change."

"Curbelo can't hide the fact that he touted offshore drilling in a video filmed on an oil rig, and the fact that he has voted with Republicans in Congress against the environment," DCCC spokesman Javier Gamboa said in a statement.

Despite the Curbelo campaign's outrage, however, political campaigns and TV stations routinely keep ads on air that PolitiFact has found to contain less-than-truthful claims -- so it seems unlikely that Curbelo's plea will be successful.

This post has been updated to include the DCCC's comment.