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Ad of the day: Ron Klein comes out swinging

Democratic congressional candidate Ron Klein has just started his race against Republican Allen West for Florida's 22nd district seat, but he has already come out of the gate swinging with this ad claiming West has the "wrong values for South Florida."

The ad starts with video of West saying, "One of the things that I see is that individual responsibility and accountability is the number one cultural problem that we have in America." And an announcer goes on to call West "part of the problem," claiming an $11,000 IRS lien was file against West for back taxes and another three liens were filed against his home for unpaid bills. The ad goes on to say that "a judge ordered West to pay over $5,000 in past-due credit card bills."

The West campaign disputes one charge: the claim that an IRS lien was filed against him. The Miami Herald reports that West has responded to the ad via a statement:


"It's sad that Klein has chosen to play politics as usual at a time when our country needs principled leadership - especially considering the fact that he flat out lied about Allen ever having an IRS lien in Marion County. Let me say this again. Allen West, and his wife Dr. Angela M. Graham-West have never resided, nor owned property in Marion County, IN, and there was never a valid IRS lien placed upon them. Since Ron Klein approved this message, then Ron Klein owes the West family a formal public apology for this outrageous lie in his first campaign ad in 2010.

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Comments

Boy, I bet Klein has West scared. West looks easy to intimidate. He's probably running for the hills now.

Posted by: jy151310 | August 26, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Ten bucks Klein told his staffers to find dirt on West, and that consisted of some college kid Googling the name, finding out this information and running with it...

..only to discover that it's the wrong Allen West?

But be easy on the guy, he may not have come out 'swinging' nor 'lying' but he just might have come out 'foolish'.

Posted by: Geepers1 | August 26, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Came out swinging? From your article Klein came out lying.

Posted by: leroywhitby | August 26, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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