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Rep. Matt Gaetz being swarmed by press outside the Capitol.

Brutal Matt Gaetz ad hits airwaves in Florida

Voters in Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) northern Florida district are seeing a brutal ad, rehashing his association with a convicted felon.

The spot, which is being run by Florida Patriots PAC, a new super PAC, talks about Gaetz’s friendship with Joel Greenberg, a former local official who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges. Greenberg cooperated with the federal probe into Gaetz. The Justice Department decided against filing any charges against Gaetz, despite Greenberg’s information.

We don’t know who is behind this super PAC. But Gaetz voted against former Speaker Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy has used super PACs to go after other rivals, including House Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-Va.), who appears to be losing to John McGuire.

Here’s the spot.

At the same time, the same super PAC is running a positive ad about Aaron Dimmock, who is challenging Gaetz in the Republican primary. The ad calls Dimmock a “pro-Trump conservative.” It also notes that Dimmock, a Naval aviator, patrolled Ground Zero after Sept. 11.

— Jake Sherman

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Editorial photos provided by Getty Images. Political ads courtesy of AdImpact.