- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Republican Senate candidate Carlos Beruff is attacking Washington politicians and highlighting his outsider status in the first television ad of his Senate campaign.

The ad titled “Forget Them” will be aired statewide beginning Wednesday. It begins with Beruff stepping out of a dimly lit background into the light as he talks about Washington.

“You know, I’ve had it. Politicians in Washington are useless. They waste our money, they make America weaker and they refuse to secure our border,” Beruff says. “They’re screwing up this country.”

The homebuilder from Manatee County says, “I’m no politician. I’m a business guy running for the Senate.”

Beruff is dressed casually in jeans and a long-sleeve, black, button-down shirt.

“The other guys running are politicians looking for a promotion. Forget them,” Beruff says.

The ad also uses written words with the messages “Washington is a disaster” and “Too many politicians.” Video includes Beruff at a home construction site.

While it’s true most of the other six major candidates from both parties currently hold elected office, Beruff isn’t the only outsider in the race. Orlando businessman Todd Wilcox is also seeking the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Like Beruff, Wilcox has never run for office. Both are also millionaires are using their fortunate to help run their campaigns.

The 30-second spot will run for a week. Beruff entered the race in February.

The Republican primary also includes Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Ron DeSantis. U.S. Reps. Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy are seeking the Democratic nomination. The primary election will be held Aug. 30.


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