Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.
BREAKING — Former House Speaker, Senator and current Florida State University President John Thrasher announced he and his wife Jean have tested positive for COVID-19. “I’m working from home as we both isolate,” Thrasher tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “We are feeling well at this time and truly appreciate everyone’s support and well wishes!” After nearly six years leading FSU, Thrasher announced his retirement in September and will continue to serve as president until a replacement is found.
It’s the final sprint to Election Day, and campaigns are on an ad spending spree. On Tuesday alone, candidates running for Congress and state legislative seats spent more than $600,000 buying TV and radio ads.
Here’s a rundown of the latest ad buys in Florida politics:
— Miami-Dade Mayor: Democratic candidate Daniella Levine Cava spent $17K for radio ads airing Oct. 5 through Oct. 9 in the contest for Miami-Dade County Mayor. This is the first media buy from her campaign account, though the Miami-Dade Democratic Party has funded $719K in ads supporting her.
— SD 39: FRSCC 3 PAC, which is backing Republican Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez,