Two weeks out from the Aug. 30 primary, none of the six Republicans seeking the open Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 congressional seat has run a TV ad mentioning any of the other candidates.
But a new 30-second spot by attorney Rick Kozell takes a clear shot at rival Rebecca Negron and the rest of the GOP field without naming them.
“Rick isn’t married to a politician — he’s married to a schoolteacher,” a female narrator says in a reference to Negron, the wife of powerful state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart.
“Rick didn’t move to our community just to run — he’s from here. Rick isn’t trying to buy your vote — he’s working to earn it,” the ad continues.
Three other Republicans in the District 18 primary — decorated war vet Brian Mast, physician Mark Freeman and pundit Noelle Nikpour — are recent transplants to the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district.
The “buy your vote” line is a jab at Freeman (who has poured $1.2 million in personal money in the race) and Carl Domino (who spent $1.2 million of his own money on a losing 2014 campaign and has put more than $400,000 into this race).
On the Democratic side, District 18 primary rivals Randy Perkins and Jonathan Chane are both running 30-second spots blasting each other.