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Liberal group attacks Anitere Flores over Florida budget

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@PatriciaMazzei

A left-leaning political group is attacking Miami Republican Anitere Flores, the No. 2 in the Florida Senate, over potential state budget cuts moving through her legislative subcommittee.

Florida Strong, a nonprofit that went after Flores and other Republicans during last year's election, mailed some of Flores' constituents, urging them to call Flores' office and oppose the cuts. It's Florida Strong's first flier of the annual lawmaking session, spokesman Charly Norton said.

"We are focusing on legislators' priorities this session and plan to continue shedding light on misplaced priorities that run counter to Floridians' best interest," Norton said in an email. "Instead of wasting tax dollars on more corporate handouts with no clear return on investment, we need to create an environment that will ensure a thriving, stable economy across the state for future generations. This includes investments in critical programs like the ones Flores wants to cut."

Flores chairs an appropriations subcommittee that considers budget proposals -- in some cases, even if Flores isn't the one behind them or doesn't agree with them.

"It's pretty funny how this group fears my power in the legislative process," she said in a statement. "I guess they're still upset that my constituents saw through the hundreds of thousands they spent on attacking me with lies.

"It's pretty funny how this group fears my power in the legislative process. I guess they're still upset that my constituents saw through the hundreds of thousands they spent on attacking me with lies." 

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