The LIBRE Initiative, a conservative Hispanic group, is launching a three-week Spanish-language television ad campaign against Congressman Joe Garcia, seizing on the Miami Democrat's recent sardonic remark that "communism works."
Garcia made the quip as a jab against Republicans for backing federal spending on border security that creates scores of local jobs. His opponents pounced, trying to make the most of the communism line among prized Miami Cuban-American voters.
But the Kendall-to-Key West district has a mix of Hispanic voters -- not just of those of Cuban descent -- and actually leans Democratic, voter registration-wise. The attack against Garcia didn't have the staying power of, say, a video in which he picked his ear, which was much more popular on YouTube. (The ad uses that footage, too, making a reference to telling Garcia "to put his lunch aside.")
The Washington-based LIBRE is using it as a way to highlight what it says is Garcia's support of government spending that has raised the federal debt. Last year, a round of LIBRE TV ads targeted Garcia over his support of Obamacare.