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Union spends big on ad attacking Romney in Florida

By Steve Peoples

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's Republican rivals have yet to begin running television ads in Florida, but a labor union is spending almost $1 million on a new ad attacking the GOP front-runner's business career.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will begin airing the anti-Romney ad Saturday on television stations across central Florida. It'll run through the state's Jan. 31 presidential primary.

The ad links Romney's time heading Bain Capital to corporate greed and Medicare fraud. That's a similar line of attack employed by Romney's Republican opponents elsewhere.

The ad is believed to be organized labor's first major investment in the GOP presidential primary. The union's political director says that Florida represents the last best chance to stop Romney's march toward his party's presidential nomination.

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  1. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    January 21, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    There goes your dues money if you belong to a union. Instead of the money going into your pension fund or health benefits, it’ll go into the re-election coffers of the man, Barrack Hussein Obama, who killed thousands of jobs when he cancelled the Keystone pipeline. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

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  2. RichieComment by Richie
    January 21, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    Didn’t Obama just signed a military contract with Brazil to make a plane that is inferior to anything that is built in the US of A. I don’t hear the unions about losing union jobs. Oh yeah, I forgot the unions are in Obama’s Pocket.

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  3. eau55Comment by eau55
    January 22, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    If the unions are opposed to Romney, that’s reason enough to vote for him. At one time unions provided a noble purpose in protecting the rights and dignity of workers. But they have gotten greedy and in many ways have negatively impacted not only the rest of us, but also the members that they claim to represent. We need a leader with a no nonsense plan for getting the economy back on track and if that means taking away some of the benefits that unions had previously negotiated for themselves, then so be it. Many of us in the private sector have had to give back just to maintain our jobs not even counting the negative effects on our family of a reduced standard of living. The million dollars the union is going to spend on this primary would be better spent helping the truly needy.  

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