On Wednesday, the Republican candidate for the state House in District 52, Jeff Brandes, aired his latest ad, which this time hits at his Democratic opponent Bill Heller specifically on taxes, where the challenger accuses the USF St Pete educator and legislator since 2006 of raising property taxes, small business taxes and says "he even wants to tax the Internet." (You can read our post and see the ad here).
Wednesday afternoon, Heller spoke with CL, where he dismissed the attack ad as "politics as usual."
He said it brought back memories of his first general election campaign in 2006, when Heller ran and won a spirited race against Repubican Angelo Cappelli.
Heller criticized Brandes for not telling the full story about what he said was his record on taxes, such as that he also voted to raise the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $50,000. He also took exception to Brandes comment in the ad that Heller doesn't support the nonbinding referendum on balancing the federal budget that Republican lawmakers voted to put on the ballot next month.