Kriseman TV ad, mailer another chapter in Trump strategy
With 15 days left before the St. Petersburg mayor's race is decided, Mayor Rick Kriseman's campaign continues to attempt to tie former mayor Rick Baker to Donald Trump.
In a TV ad that debuted Friday and a mailer over the weekend, the Kriseman campaign reminded voters that Baker, a Republican, hasn't rebuked Trump for the president's many controversial actions. Baker has said repeatedly that the non-partisan race should remain just that. But Baker's heavily GOP donor base has made some skeptical of that position.
Meanwhile, Kriseman, a Democrat, has rarely missed an opportunity to tweet against Trump. The mayor has touted his party affilation in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 30,000 registered voters.
Kriseman's latest mailer and ad were paid for by the Florida Democratic Party, which is eager to retain control of the state's fifth-largest city, especially after the GOP's win in the 2015 Jacksonville mayoral contest.
The mailer, aimed at black voters, pairs Baker's image with Trump twice and contains the tagline: "Baker's silence isn't golden. It's backward. And a betrayal."
Baker's campaign has launched its own attacks in recent weeks. A TV spot labeled Kriseman "incompetent" and a radio ad blasted the mayor's inattention to the needs of the black community. That ad had to be revised after incorrectly asserting that Kriseman had not appeared at an NAACP event earlier this month.
Recent local polling has shown the race to continue to be a virtual tie. Kriseman won a narrow victory by 70 votes in the Aug. 29 primary.
Here is the latest Kriseman TV ad: