Local 10's Senior Political Reporter Michael Putney examined the latest ads running in the Miami-Dade County mayoral race.
The ad currently running for incumbent Mayor Carlos Gimenez features friends and family members, including his mother, talking about his honesty and integrity. The ad makes no factual claims, leading Putney to call it truthful.
An ad paid for by a political electioneering organization formed by the Miami-Dade police union paints an ugly picture of Gimenez, and some of the Miami-Dade community. A video montage shows homeless men, a gang fight, a foreclosed home, a man fighting with a woman on a bus, and people being arrested. The video of the ad was taken from the mayor's first State of the County address, in which Gimenez pointed to improvements but admitted problems remained in Miami-Dade County.
John Rivera, the president of the Florida Police Benevolent Association, views Gimenez as the problem because he led the fight to roll back a 13 percent pay increase for police officers to balance the county's budget.
In a statement to Local 10, Rivera said, "Gimenez is trying to pretend that everything is beautiful. Well, it's not."
Putney said Gimenez is not solely responsible for the scenes in the ad, and ruled it false.
The ads critical of Gimenez are part of a $20,000 buy at Local 10. They are also running on other stations, too.
The mayor's campaign is spending considerably more on its ads, which, so far, have not gone negative, said Putney.