Another Democrat running for governor is hitting the airwaves and running the first television spot (see below) of her campaign. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, unveiled the new ad Wednesday morning.
It’s part of a $1 million dollar media buy in the critical markets of Tampa and Orlando. The ad will run on broadcast stations and cable networks.
The spot is called “Service” and highlights her background as a working mother, former PTA president and member of Congress.
“Everything I do is through the prism of being a mom,” Graham says in the ad.
The spot also features her relationship with her father and how she will apply lessons she has learned from him.
The ad is also critical of the Republican leadership that has been in control of state government for the past 20 years.
“Twenty years with one party running everything with all the wrong priorities. The Florida Legislature have not taken Medicaid expansion. They have hurt education. They have used the lottery to reduce funding” Graham says. “But we’re gonna take it back.”
Graham had announced the media buy earlier in the week but didn’t make the actual spot available until Wednesday.
Graham, the only major gubernatorial candidate for either party who is a woman, has consistently come in second to former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine in the polls conducted to date. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area businessman Chris King follow in the four-person field.
Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene filed his paperwork to run in the Democratic primary last Friday. So far there have been no signs of an organized campaign by Greene.
And, Democrats are still awaiting word from former South Florida Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy, who has been considering a run for governor with former Republican Congressman David Jolly as his running mate. There are reports that Murphy could soon announce a decision.