Florida Politician Asks Local Stations to Pull Attack Ad

By Kevin Eck 

A candidate for Florida’s State Senate is asking Tampa’s TV stations to pull a political attack ad.

The ad claims Democrat Bob Buesing “foreclosed on retirement homes, ‘threatening senior citizens with homelessness,’ and defended Wells Fargo Bank in a Ponzi scheme case, saying in a graphic, ‘Buesing defended Ponzi schemer.'”

“When powerful people need someone to do their dirty work,” says the ad. “They hire Bob Buesing.”

The Tampa Bay Times says Buesing’s lawyer sent a letter to NBC affiliate WFLA, ABC affiliate WFTS, CBS affiliate WTSP and Fox-owned WTVT asking them to pull the ad “For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest.”

The ad is a “three-pack” run by the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee with endorsements of two other Republican state Senate candidates, Lizbeth Benacquisto and Matt Hutson, in the disclaimer at the end.

That means it can be paid for with party money, raised without the contribution limits that would apply to Young’s own campaign fundraising.

Buesing said the ad “says more about her (Young) than it does about me.”

He’s running for the new seat created as a result of redistricting in District 18, covering South Tampa and northeastern Hillsborough County.